President Ram Nath Kovind Current Affairs - 2020

COVID-19: President Ram Nath Kovind to donate 30% of his salary for a year

The President Ram Nath Kovind recently announced that he is to donate 30% of his salary to aid the GoI in the fight against COVID-19. The Rashtrapti Bhavan will also follow set of restrictions under the instruction of the President to save money and aid the fight. This is being done to set an example to economize expenditure and save money to fight against COVID-19

Highlights

Apart from the salary cut, domestic tours and programmes of the president will also be cut. This will help in social distancing restrictions and also will help to minimize expenditure. Also, the president will minimize his at home ceremonies by decreasing his guest lists, reducing food menu and also by using lesser flowers and decorative items. The repair and maintenance works of Rashtrapati Bhavan are to be minimized.

Salary of the president

The Union Budget 2018 increased the salaries of president and vice president of the country. Currently, the salary of president of India is 5 lakhs per month. Before the raise, it was Rs 1.5 lakhs per month. Also, the vice president salary was increased from Rs 1.10 lakhs to Rs 4 lakhs. The salaries of state governors were also increased to Rs 3.5 lakhs. All the raises were introduced by the Union Budget 2018

Article 59

The article says that the emoluments and allowances of the President of India shall not be reduced during his term of office. But in this case, the President is offering it as donation at his will and the salary is not being cut.

The article also empowers the President to use his official residence without rent.

President’s New Secretary: Former retd IAS officer Kapil Dev Tripathi

On April 20, 2020, the Former IAS officer Kapil Dev Tripathi was appointed as the new secretary to the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved his appointment for a term co-terminus with the tenure of the President.

Appointment Committee of the Cabinet

The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet appoints the top posts of Government of India. It is composed of Prime Minister of India (chairman), Home Minister. The committee makes appointments according to the Transactions of Business rules, 1961.

The committee makes the appointments of Director General of Military Operations, Chiefs of three services, Chiefs of Air and army commands, scientific advisor of the defence minister, director general of defence estates, director general of armed forces, governor of reserve bank of India, Chief Vigilance Officers, Chairman and Members of railway board.

Kapil Dev Tripathi

He is a 1980 batch IAS officer. He is to replace Sanjay Kotahri. MR Sanjay Kothari has been appointed as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner in February. Mr Tripathi retired as Secretary in Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.