Ram Nath Kovind is set to take over as the fourteenth President of India. He will be succeeding Pranab Mukherjee whose term as the President ends on July 24. As Kovind takes oath on July 25, he will move into the ever so magnificent Rashtrapati Bhawan which has a staff of over 750 people. But do you you know how much will he earn as the head of the state?
The President of India currently earns Rs. 1.5 lakh a month. However, a proposal in the seventh pay commission has been approved of giving a 200% hike to the head of the state. After the commission kicks in, the President will be earning Rs. 5 lakh a month. Earlier, the decision to increase the President’s salary increased in 2008 from Rs 50,000 to Rs. 1.5 lakh.
The decision of a 200% hike was taken after the government realised that a cabinet secretary draws a salary which is higher than the President.
Not just the President, the proposal to increase the salary of the Vice President and Governors has also been approved. The Vice President who currently earns Rs. 1.10 lakh a month will be getting Rs. 3.5 lakh a month. The decision will impact the former Presidents too. Pranab Mukherjee will get a pension of Rs. 1.5 lakh after he demits office on July 24.
From his humble origins in rural Kanpur where his family used to stay in a mud hut, Kovind will move into the house which was originally built by the Britishers for the Viceroy of India. It was after independence, that the house was named as the official residence of the President of India.
The Rashtrapati Bhawan is named after two villages – Raisina and Malcha. Designed by British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, the estate is spread over 330 acres and the total built up area covers 200,000 square feet. The construction of the President house began in 1913. With over 23,000 workers, the construction of the house completed 16 years later in 1929.
The 4-storey structure has 340 rooms, including 63 bedrooms and 63 living rooms. It has 35 galleries and corridors connect various rooms. The longest corridor is roughly 2.5km-long.
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