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President, Vice-President, Governors may get a salary hike before CG Employees.
Salary hike – With the 7th Pay Commission recommendations creating 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 Home Ministry has got down to drafting a proposal for raising the emoluments of the President, Vice President and governors.
The proposal will be forwarded to the Union Cabinet for its approval soon.
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. 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 month.
Official sources said the Home Ministry’s proposal for the salary hike is expected to be submitted for the Union Cabinet’s approval next week. After the Cabinet gives its nod, Bills to this effect will be tabled in Parliament for passage. Salaries of the President, Vice-President and Governors were last hiked in 2008 when the Parliament had approved a three-fold increase.
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.