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New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind has decided to take 30 per cent salary cut for himself besides announcing a slew of other austerity measures to aid the government’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The domestic tours and programmes of the President will be substantially reduced in order to follow social distancing restrictions and minimise expenditure, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique issued on Thursday.
The consumption during ceremonial occasions such as At-Home ceremonies and state banquets will also be minimised by keeping smaller guest lists, reducing the food menu and lesser usage of flowers and other decorative items, it said.
Kovind has also decided to defer purchase of the Presidential Limousine which was to be used for ceremonial occasions.
“The existing resources of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the government will be shared and used for such occasions,” the communique said. The repair and maintenance work in the Rashtrapati Bhavan will be minimised to only ensure proper upkeep of assets.