RBI Governor gets Rs. 2 lakh salary, no supporting staff at home

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RBI Governor Urjit Patel gets a little over Rs. 2 lakh as salary and has not been provided with any supporting staff at his residence, the central bank has said.

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Dr Patel, who took over as RBI Governor in September, is presently in possession of the bank’s flat at Mumbai, it said.

“No supporting staff has been provided to the present Governor, Urjit Patel at his residence. Two cars and two drivers have been provided to the present Governor,” RBI said in reply to an RTI query.

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The bank was asked to provide details of remuneration given to former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and incumbent Dr Patel.

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For the month of October – the first full month Dr Patel was in office as Governor – he got Rs.2.09 lakh as his salary, the same amount drawn by Dr Rajan as his August’s salary.

Dr Rajan demitted office on 4 September, and was given Rs. 27,933 as remuneration for four days.

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Dr Rajan assumed the charge of RBI Governor from September 5, 2013 at a monthly salary of Rs. 1.69 lakh. His salary was revised to Rs. 1.78 lakh and Rs. 1.87 lakh respectively during 2014 and March 2015. His salary was hiked to Rs. 2.09 lakh from Rs. 2.04 lakh in January this year, the RTI reply said.

Dr Rajan was provided with three cars and four drivers. “One caretaker and nine maintenance attendants were posted as supporting staff in the bungalow provided by the bank to the former Governor Raghuram Rajan at Mumbai,” RBI said.

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The Centre has recently declined to share details on appointment of Dr Patel and other candidates shortlisted for the top post in the central bank saying these are “cabinet papers” and cannot be made public.

Dr Patel was on 20 August named as RBI’s Governor to succeed Dr Rajan.

(With inputs from PTI)

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