President Ram Nath Kovind takes 30 per cent salary cut for a year over coronavirus outbreak
President of India Ram Nath Kovind will decline 30 per cent of his salary for a year and lessen spending on travel and traditional banquets to make more incomes offered for the battle against COVID-19.
Ram Nath Kovind in March also contributed a month's salary to the PM-CARES fund.
The President has given orders to the Rashtrapati Bhavan to set an instance by sparing the spending, making the ideal usage of resources and uniting the saved money to fight against coronavirus and ease the people’s economic dilemma.
In the President’s estimate, this will be a minor but noteworthy input to understand the government’s idea of making Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India) and boost the country to take up the task to contest the outbreak and continue our journey for growth and prosperity.
In a series of tweets, President of India wrote, “Rashtrapati Bhavan to support ‘Self-Reliant India’ movement through the greater flow of resources towards COVID-19. The Rashtrapati Bhavan will undertake several measures to reduce its expenditure.”
The Twitter handle of the President also briefed, the Rashtrapati Bhavan will undertake the following measures to reduce its expenditure:
- No new capital works will be taken up in FY 2020-21. Only the ongoing works will be completed.
- Repair and maintenance work will be minimised to only ensure the proper upkeep of assets.
- There will be a substantial reduction in the use of office consumables. For instance, the Rashtrapati Bhavan will use e-technology to cut down the use of paper to avoid wastage and make the office eco-friendly. Efforts will be made to save energy and fuel by rationalising their usage.
- The President has decided to defer the purchase of the Presidential Limousine which was to be used for ceremonial occasions. The existing resources of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Government will be shared and used for such occasions.
- The domestic tours and programmes will be substantially reduced in order to follow the social distancing restrictions and minimise the expenditure that such exercises entail. Instead, the President will largely rely on technology to reach out to people.