You are here: Home » Opinion » Chinese
;
Business Standard

President Kovind to forgo 30% salary, defer limousine purchase

The president's travel will be cut down. He will use technology to reach out to people

Topics
Coronavirus | CBI-Delhi Police | opinion polls

Presidential cost-cutting

President (pictured) has decided to defer the purchase of a limousine, which was to be used for ceremonial occasions. He has decided to forgo 30 per cent of his salary for a year. He had contributed his March salary to the PM-Cares Fund. Kovind has instructed the Rashtrapati Bhavan to support the “self-reliant India movement” and curb expenditure. The Rashtrapati Bhavan will not make fresh capital investment during the current fiscal year. Only ongoing work will be completed. Repair and maintenance will be minimised. Office consumables will be reduced. The president’s travel will be cut down. He will use technology to reach out to people. There will be fewer guests at ceremonial banquets, fewer flowers and other items for decoration, and a whittled-down food menu. The Rashtrapati Bhavan estimates saving up to 20 per cent with these steps in the current financial year.

Just a loyalist

Congress defectors and other loyalists in Madhya Pradesh are facing new challenges. The party they moved to — the Bharatiya Janata Party, or the BJP — is training them in RSS-BJP ideology, but some of them appear unsure of their place in the new scheme of things or are simply acting coy. One former Congress spokesperson is one such person. A few weeks into his new party, when a journalist asked him how he wanted to be identified in a news item he was filing for his newspaper, the ex-Congressman hesitantly said, “Don’t describe me as a BJP leader ... just say Scindia loyalist.”

Pardonless offences

After the was enforced, many innocuous acts like stepping out to buy medicine or milk or even an evening stroll became transgressions of the law. As a result, many FIRs were registered in Delhi (as well as other parts of the country) under Section 188 (Disobedience to Order Duly Promulgated by Public Servant) of the Indian Penal Code. While the number of such FIRs now runs into thousands, are in no mood to ignore/drop them. According to police sources, each case would be taken to its “logical conclusion” and “charge sheets” and other reports would be filed. The brass believes that if any benefit of the doubt has to be given to these “accidental violators”, it would have to come from the courts.

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.


We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Mon, May 18 2020. 15:33 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU