The Union Home Ministry has prepared a proposal for raising the emoluments
of the country’s two top functionaries.
7th Pay Commission’s recommendations
The move comes following the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s
recommendations which has created an anomalous situation in which the
salary of the President is Rs 1 lakh less than that of the country’s
top-most bureaucrat, the Cabinet secretary.
The proposal is expected to be placed before the Union Cabinet for its
approval soon, official sources said.
At present, the President gets Rs 1.50 lakh per month, the Vice-President
Rs 1.25 lakh and Governor of a state Rs 1.10 lakh.
Expected salary after hike
As per the proposal the President’s salary may go up to Rs 5 lakh and
Vice-President’s up to Rs 3.5 lakh, sources said.
After the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s awards, the Cabinet
Secretary, who is the top-most bureaucrat in the country, gets Rs 2.5 lakh
per month and a Secretary in the Union government draws Rs 2.25 lakh per
After the Cabinet gives its nod, Bills to this effect will be tabled in
Parliament, possibly in the coming Winter session, for passage.
Salaries of the President, Vice-President and Governors were last hiked in
2008 when Parliament had approved a three-fold increase.
Till 2008, the President’s salary was Rs 50,000, the Vice-President’s Rs
40,000 and a Governor’s Rs 36,000.
In addition, proposals are also expected to be moved for raising the
pensions of former Presidents, spouses of deceased Presidents, former
Vice-Presidents, spouses of deceased Vice-President and former Governors.