An RTI plea reveals that Rashtrapati Bhavan employs 545 people and incurs a monthly wage bill of Rs 1,34,68,927.
Syed Firdaus Ashraf reports.
IMAGE: Rashtrapati Bhavan in all its glory. Photograph: Vijay Mathur/Reuters
Ever wondered how many people it takes to ensure that Rashtrapati Bhavan, India's Presidential palace, runs smoothly?
According to an RTI plea, it takes 545 people.
This number includes 28 cooks, 37 drivers, 184 gardeners and 57 cleaners.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan staff ensure that everything in the 340-room main building is run like a well-oiled machine and kept spick and span.
The RTI plea filed by Nutan Thakur also revealed that the salaries paid to these 545 people amounted to Rs 1,34,68,927 in October 2017, two months after Ram Nath Kovind took office as the 14th President of the Republic.
IMAGE: The RTI plea reveals that there are 39 room attendants employed at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters
Asked why she had filed the RTI plea, Thakur, an activist from Lucknow, says, "I felt that people don't have money to eat in this country and many of our citizens are living below the poverty line."
"I wanted to see how much money is being spent on the highest office in the country."
The 545-member staff also includes a tennis coach and two squash coaches.
When was the last time a President played either sport?
Here's the full list of the staff categories employed at Rashtrapati Bhavan:
|Additional Comptroller, President's Household/Special CPH||1|
|Chief Cook Grade-I||1|
|Chief Cook Grade-II||1|
|Head Cook's Mate||1|
|Chief Room Attendant||1|
|Head Room Attendant||4|
|*Senior Room Attendant||15|
|Room Attendant Grade-I||8|
|Room Attendant Grade-II||11|
|Chief Household Attendant||1|
|Head Household Attendant||3|
|Senior Household cum Lift Attendant||2|
|*Senior Household Attendant||19|
|House Attendant Grade-I||12|
|*House Attendant Grade-II||6|
|Chief Store Keeper||1|
|Painter cum Store Keeper||1|
|Coach Grade-II Squash/Swimming)||2|
|Head Marker (Tennis)||1|
|Tennis Marker Grade-I/Squash Marker Grade-I||3|
|Tennis Marker Grade-II||3|
|Public Relations Officer||1|
|Senior Ambulance Attendant||1|
|Special Grade Driver||1|
|Ordinary Grade Driver||18|
|Chief Telephone Attendant||1|
|Head Telephone Attendant||1|
|Junior Helper/Attendant Grade-II||1|