Election Commission of India adopts austerity

CEC, ECs voluntarily curtail their perks, privileges

File Photo of Chief Election Commissioner of India Rajiv Kumar. (PIB)

New Delhi: After assuming the charge as the Chief Election Commissioner of India on May 15, 2022, Rajiv Kumar on May 20, 2022, held the first meeting of the Election Commission, along with his fellow Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey.

Among other things, the Commission reviewed the perks and privileges available to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners (ECs) including the income tax exemptions given to them on sumptuary allowance.

CEC and ECs draw salary perks and perquisites as per Section 3 of the Election Commission (Conditions of Service of Election Commissioners and Transaction of Business) Act, 1991. The CEC and ECs are currently entitled to:

i.          A monthly sumptuary allowance of Rs.34000/- There is no income tax payable by the CEC and ECs on this allowance.

ii.         Three Leave Travel Concessions in a year for self, spouse, and dependent members of the family.

The Commission felt the need of observing austerity in personal entitlements. The Commission unanimously decided that:

1.         CEC and ECs will not take any income tax benefits presently given to them. It was decided to send the proposal to the Central Government for appropriate action.

2.         Further, CEC and ECs will avail only one LTC in a year in place of the three LTCs presently available to them. (Press Release)

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