Poll panel to curtail some perks, privileges prolonged to Election Commissioners

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The Election Commission has determined to let go of sure perks and privileges accessible to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners (ECs) together with the earnings tax exemptions given to them on sumptuary allowance.

The determination was taken after Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar held his first assembly on Friday with fellow Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey.

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“Among other things, the Commission reviewed the perks and privileges available to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners (ECs) including the income tax exemptions given to them on sumptuary allowance. CEC and ECs draw salary perks and perquisites as per Section 3 of the Election Commission (Conditions of Service of Election Commissioners and Transaction of Business) Act, 1991,” the EC mentioned in an announcement.

The CEC and ECs are at the moment entitled to a month-to-month sumptuary allowance of Rs 34,000 and there’s no earnings tax payable by them on this allowance. “The Commission felt the need of observing austerity in personal entitlements.
The Commission unanimously decided that the CEC and ECs will not take any income tax benefits presently given to them. It was decided to send the proposal to the Central Government for appropriate action,” the EC mentioned.

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They are additionally entitled to 3 Leave Travel Concessions in a 12 months for self, partner and dependent family members. “Further, CEC and ECs will avail only one LTC in a year in place of three LTCs presently available to them,” it added.

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