President and Vice President continue to get paid less than top babus, chiefs
The President and the Vice-President continue to get less salaries as compared to the top bureaucrats and service chiefs since the laws are yet to be amended to rectify an anomaly with the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations ne
The President and the Vice-President continue to get less salaries as compared to the top bureaucrats and service chiefs since the laws are yet to be amended to rectify an anomaly with the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations nearly two years ago. The proposal for enhancement of the salaries of the President, the Vice President and the Governors was prepared by the Union Home Ministry and forwarded to the Cabinet Secretariat more than a year ago for the approval of the Union Cabinet, a home ministry official said. However, no decision has been taken on it yet, the official said.
At present, the President gets R1.50 lakh per month, the Vice-President R1.25 lakh and Governor of a state R1.10 lakh. After the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission's awards on January 1, 2016, the Cabinet Secretary, who is the top-most bureaucrat in the country, gets R2.5 lakh per month and a Secretary in the Union government draws R2.25 lakh per month. The President is also the supreme commander of all the three armed forces — the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force, and the Indian Navy.
However, the President's current salary is less than the chiefs of the three armed forces, who draw salary equivalent to the cabinet secretary. No response was received for the text messages sent to the spokesperson of the government, asking the reason for the delay in getting the nod of the Union Cabinet to the home ministry's proposal. When the Union Cabinet gives its nod to the ministry's proposal, bills to this effect will be tabled in the Parliament for passage, the official said.
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