The Centre is firming up changes to three laws to give the President, vice-president and governors a pay hike to ensure that they do not earn less than senior civil servants including their key aides.
The laws passed by Parliament in 2008 entitle the President to a monthly salary of Rs 1.5 lakh, the vice president Rs 1.25 lakh and governors Rs 1.1 lakh.
Under the new pay scales cleared by the government for the civil servants, the cabinet secretary will get a monthly salary of Rs 2.5 lakh, a secretary to the government will get Rs 2.25 lakh and an additional secretary upwards of Rs 1.82 lakh. A joint secretary level officer will get a basic salary ranging between Rs 1.18 lakh and Rs 2.14 lakh, depending on how many years they have spent at the post.
Government officials said if the change wasn’t made, the President would receive a salary lower than around 14 officials at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The amendment in the three laws that govern salaries of the President, vice-president and governors could reach the Union Cabinet for its approval as early as next week. Parliament would have to clear the changes.
Like the civil servants, the pay hike for the President and others too would be effective 1 January this year irrespective of when the parliamentary approval comes in. Laws regulating their pensions too would be similarly amended.