President Ram Nath Kovind will forego 30% of his salary for a year in view of the COVID-19 crisis and will also defer the purchase of Limousine which was to be used for ceremonial occasions, the Rashtrapati Bhavan has said. The announcement comes amid a worsening outlook for the Indian economy and government finances as the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent months-long lockdown bring economic activities to a standstill.
Additionally, the President will be cutting down domestic tours, programmes in order to follow social distancing and minimise expenditure, Rashtrapati Bhavan said. President has also asked Rashtrapati Bhavan officials to economise expenditure and dovetail saved money to combat COVID-19.
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In April this year, the Central Government had decided to slash salaries of Members of Parliament and Union Cabinet Ministers by 30% for one year in the wake of the pandemic. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar had informed that the Union Cabinet has approved an Ordinance amending the salary, allowances, and pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 reducing allowances and pension by 30% w.e.f. April 1 for a year.
"The President, Vice President, Governors of States have voluntarily decided to take a pay cut as a social responsibility. The money will go to the Consolidated Fund of India," Prakash Javadekar had then said.
The money saved by the public exchequer will be used in the government's fight against the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent fallout on the economy, the government had said.
(Inputs from PTI)
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