Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking to retain his full 14-member assistant team, after the same request was earlier turned down. Sources have told News18 that the PMO is yet to respond to the fresh request sent by Singh, who first got to know about his staff cut on May 25.
Manmohan Singh protested against the fact that his staff was downsized from 14 people to just five. As per the rule, former PMs receive rent-free accommodation for the rest of their life, medical facilities, 14 secretarial staff, six domestic executive-class air tickets, unlimited train travel, five years of office expenses along with SPG cover for one year and free electricity and water for life.
However, after five years it’s up to the Centre to decide whether it wants to give further re-extension.
However, all the former prime ministers including IK Gujral and HD Deve Gowda were given waiver by all the incumbents in the PMO. In Vajpayee’s case, the staff size was reduced to 12 but this happened after the late BJP leader expressed his willingness to cut down the staff size.