President of India’s Salary, Residence, and more to know

The election for the next President of India will take place today on Monday, with Droupadi Murmi of the NDA holding a numerical advantage over Yashwant Sinha of the opposition. Aside from the lofty and demanding responsibilities of becoming the President, what would our life be like as President of India as the clock ticks down to the winner being announced on July 21?

The Indian Constitution stipulates a number of requirements that must be met in order to qualify for the grand post:

1) No candidate for President shall be eligible to run unless he is

  • is an Indian national,
  • is at least 35 years of age, and
  • is eligible to be elected as a member of the House of the People (Lok Sabha)

2) If a person occupies a paid position with the Government of India, the Government of any State, or with any local or other authority under the supervision of any of the aforementioned Governments, they are ineligible to be elected as President.

If you fulfil all of the aforementioned criteria, your nomination will be accepted.

Privileges received by a President of India-

Salary

To start with, you will receive a salary of about Rs 5 lakh per month. The salary of the Indian President is fixed by the law known as the President’s Achievement and Pension Act of 1951. Furthermore, the President of India is the highest-paid government official in the country. The President’s salary was increased in 2018 from Rs. 1,50,000 to Rs. 5,00,000 per month.

The President of India used to receive a monthly salary of 10,000 rupees (about $100) under the Second Schedule of the Indian Constitution. The amount was increased to 50,000 in 1998 (which would be 190,000 or US$2,500 in 2020). Aside from his monthly salary, the President of India receives several allowances, too.

President’s Residence

Address: President’s Estate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, Delhi 110004. (Originally built as the Viceroy of India’s residence)

Rashtrapati Bhavan, popularly known as the mansion, is the 340-room main structure that houses the president’s official residence, including reception halls, guest rooms, and offices. It was finished in 1929. However, it may also refer to the complete 130 hectare (320 acre) Presidential Estate, which is enclosed by walls and includes the presidential gardens, sizable open areas, staff and bodyguard apartments, stables, various offices, and utilities.

 Vacation Retreats

The President of India currently has two getaway locations, one in the north and one in the south.

1) Mashobra’s Retreat Building in Shimla

The President travels to The Retreat, which is on the hilltop of the Mashobra, at least once in a year, and the main office relocates there while he is there. The Retreat is hundreds of feet higher than the Shimla Ridge Top in a beautiful location. The Retreat is a well-liked tourist site in Shimla due to the location’s natural beauty and architectural design.

2) Hyderabad’s Bolarum: Rashtrapati Nilayam

After India’s independence, the President’s Secretariat was given control of the Rashtrapati Nilayam building in Bolarum, which had been owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad. The 90 acres of land that make up this structure, which was built in 1860, are all together. On the property, there are 11 rooms in a single-story building. Additionally, there are a morning room, a dining room, a cinema hall, a darbar hall, and a dining room.  At least once a year, the President of India travels to Rashtrapati Nilayam and does official business there.

Car

The Home Ministry is very clear that the make, model, and registration numbers of the President of India’s cars are a state secret and that disclosing such information would jeopardise the security of the first citizen, even though the cars of Indian Presidents are updated in accordance with time and technology. Ashoka Pillar, the country’s emblem, is displayed on these vehicles in place of the licence plate.

President Kovind was supposed to get a new car in January 2021, but the pandemic caused a delay, and he only received the new vehicle, a Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard, before Independence Day on August 15.

The President’s Merc can survive

  • VR9-level ballistic protection
  • Handguns shots of up to .44 Calibre
  • Military Rifle Shots
  • Bombs
  • Other Explosives
  • Gas Attacks

In addition to his black Mercedes Maybach, there are numerous additional vehicles in the President’s motorcade. One of the cars in this convoy is the previous presidential car, a black armoured Mercedes-Benz limousine that may act as a backup vehicle. Other vehicles utilised by previous Indian presidents include Cadillacs and Rolls Royce.

Security

The President of India is protected by the President’s Bodyguard (PBG). The PBG is the oldest and senior-most unit in the Indian Armed Forces. It is the sole military horse unit in existence. PBG is a ceremonial unit that can also be used in times of conflict because they have paratrooper training.

Retirement

The Indian President is entitled to a number of rewards after retirement.

  • A pension of Rs. 1.5 lakh per month (at current rates).
  • Presidents’ spouses will receive Rs. 30,000 per month in secretarial assistance.
  • One fully furnished and rent-free bungalow (Type VIII).
  • Two free landlines as well as a mobile phone
  • Five personal employees – Annual staff expenses of Rs.60,000
  • Free train or air travel with a companion.