New Delhi: Ram Nath Kovind, who stepped down as President on Monday, has moved into a bungalow in Lutyens' Delhi, where he will live for the rest of his life. He would receive a Rs 2.5 lakh monthly pension.
Kovind is also entitled to secretarial staff, which includes a private secretary, a second private secretary, a personal assistant, and two peons, as well as office expenditures of up to Rs 1 lakh per year.
The retiring president is entitled to free medical attention and treatment, as well as highest class travel everywhere in India, accompanied by one person, according to The President's Emoluments And Pension Act, 1951, which can be seen at https://legislative.gov.in/. Every month, the President of India is paid Rs 5 lakh.
According to the Act, a former President who leaves office either by term expiration or resignation receives a pension equal to 50% of the President's emoluments each month for the remainder of his or her life.
According to the law, Kovind is entitled to a Type-VIII bungalow and has been assigned 12-Janpath, which was formerly occupied by Ram Vilas Paswan till his death and afterwards by his son Chirag Paswan before he had to depart in March of this year. Sonia Gandhi, Congress chief, will be the former President's new neighbour at 10 Janpath.
According to the 1951 Act, a retired President is entitled to a furnished apartment (including upkeep) for the remainder of his or her life, two telephones (one for internet and broadband connectivity), one mobile phone with national roaming capability, and an automobile, or allowance to avail a car.