Modi took no leave after taking charge: PM’s office

"The Prime Minister can be said to be on duty all the time,” PMO said in its RTI rsponse
PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took no leave after taking charge of the office, said the office of PM while replying to an RTI application, adding no leave records of former head of the government are available with the office.

The RTI was filed to get a copy of leave rules and procedures for the Prime Minister of the country from PMO and the Cabinet Secretariat.

However, PMO responded as: “The Prime Minister can be said to be on duty all the time.”

According to PTI, the RTI also sought information regarding the leave taken by former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, HD Deve Gowda, IK Gujral, PV Narasimha Rao, Chandrashekhar, VP Singh and Rajiv Gandhi.

But, PMO denied the request saying that the information regarding leave record of previous Prime Ministers is not a part of records held by this office.

“However, it may be noted that no leave has been availed by present Prime Minister i.e Shri Narendra Modi since taking over charge,” the RTI response added.

The applicant had also filed a similar RTI application to other authorities like Cabinet Secretariat, seeking details about leave and rules regarding this for former prime ministers.

The news report said the application was transferred to the Home Ministry which further sent it to the PMO.

Meanwhile, another RTI response revealed that PMO does not maintain data about petitions that were personally read by the Prime Minister.

While replying to Aseem Takyar, who sought the total number of complaints, grievances and petitions received by the PMO since May 1, 2014 till now, the office said that the information was “too vague and wide”.

According to a report of the Central Information Commission, the PMO had received over 12,500 RTI applications during the year 2014-15.