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The chief secretary acts as a secretary to the state cabinet. S/he is the administrative head of the cabinet secretariat and attends the meeting of the cabinet and its sub-committees. - S/he acts as the principal advisor to the chief minister on all matters of state administration. - The chief secretary is picked up by the chief minister of the state who consults the Union government regarding the appointment but this consultation is not binding. - The office of chief secretary has been excluded from the operation of the tenure system. There is no fixed tenure for this post. As per the ARC’s view, the chief secretary should be the senior most person, due regard being paid to merit. S/he should have a minimum tenure of 3 to 4 years. - S/he should be relieved of routine and nonessential work and, where necessary, given proportionate staff assistance to enable him to ensure quick implementation of cabinet decisions and effective co-ordination in the policies and programs of the state government.

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