In the war against COVID-19, almost all the elected representative is donating 30% of their salary in India. Even President Ramnath Kovind is taking only 70 per cent of his salary. But you will be surprised to know that in the past there have been three Presidents who only took 25-30% of their actual salary.
- First President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad
Before his involvement in the freedom struggle, Dr Rajendra Prasad was one of the most expensive lawyers of Patna. But his life changed completely after meeting Mahatma Gandhi. While serving as the President, he presented several examples of ordinary life with low expenses. When Dr Rajendra Prasad became the first President of the country in 1950, he also hesitated to stay in the Viceroy’s House. With the entry of Rajendra Prasad in this building, its name was also changed to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Rashtrapati Bhavan is still the House of the President of India.
At that time the salary of the President was Rs 10,000 ($185) per month. Out of this, Rajendra Prasad accepted only 50 per cent and used to give the remaining amount to the government fund. In later years as President, Rajendra Prasad deducted his salary even further. Later, he used to take only 25 per cent of his salary.
- Second President of India, Dr Radhakrishnan
The second President of India, Dr Radhakrishnan used to give 75 per cent of his salary to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. After income tax deduction, he received Rs. 1900 ($35) only. Dr Radhakrishnan served as President of India from 1962 to 1967. Radhakrishnan was also known for his simple lifestyle.
- Sixth President of India, Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy
The sixth President of India, Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, was from the state of Andhra Pradesh. When Andhra Pradesh became a separate state, he was its first Chief Minister. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy belonged to the wealthy and landlord family, and He gave 60 acres of his land to the government. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy became the sixth President of the country in the year 1977. He used to take only 30 per cent of the salary he was entitled to as President. He used to give the remaining amount to the government fund.