7th Pay Commission impact: Babus draw more salary than President!

The 7th Pay Commission recommendations may or may not be considered as a bonanza for the Central government employees or the top bureaucrats and service chiefs, but salaries of some Babus and chiefs even surpass salaries of the President and the Vice- President of the country.

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, said a home ministry official.

However, no decision has been taken on it yet, the official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

At present, the President gets Rs 1.50 lakh per month, the Vice-President Rs 1.25 lakh and a Governor of a state gets Rs 1.10 lakh.

After the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations, the Cabinet Secretary, who is the top-most bureaucrat in the country, gets Rs 2.5 lakh per month while a Secretary in the Union government draws Rs 2.25 lakh per month.

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Meanwhile, the home ministry has sent a proposal in this regard to the Union Cabinet. With the Union Cabinet giving its nod to the ministry’s proposal, bills to this effect will be tabled in the Parliament for passage, the official clarified.

As per the proposal, salary of the President may go up to Rs 5 lakh while the salary of the Vice-President and the Governors’ will increase to Rs. 3.5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh per month, respectively.

Salaries of the President, Vice-President and Governors were last hiked in 2008 when the Parliament had approved a three-fold increase.

Besides, proposals to hike the pensions of former Presidents, spouses of deceased Presidents, former Vice-Presidents, spouses of deceased Vice-Presidents and former Governors has also been initiated.

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