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Poll panel bosses give up perks

The decisions were taken in the first meeting of the EC after Kumar — a former Union financial services secretary — took office
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Pheroze L. Vincent   |   New Delhi   |   Published 21.05.22, 02:09 AM

New chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar and election commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey have renounced a tax-free allowance to entertain visitors as well as two out of three leave travel concessions.

The decisions were taken in the first meeting of the EC after Kumar — a former Union financial services secretary — took office.

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A source said: “This sends a message of austerity to everybody in positions of importance. When the heads of a constitutional body take such a decision it encourages a trend among those below to introspect as to how they can contribute to the country rather than how they can benefit from service.”

The sumptuary allowance of Rs. 34,000 a month to each EC is tax free — a perk which they will request the Centre to withdraw. They will only claim one LTC a year.



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