Introducing the Governors (Emoluments, Allowances and Privileges) Amendment Bill, 2012, Minister of State for Home, RPN Singh said that former governors do not get any pension or post- retirement benefits except medical facilities as per rules issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

"Keeping in view the high constitutional office that a Governor holds and considering the contributions in public discourse that they would continue to make after they retire, it is proposed to provide the secretarial assistance to ex-governors in the form of one Personal Assistant, which the ex-governor concerned may appoint on reimbursement basis, during his life time," Singh said.

But the person will not be eligible for such secretarial assistance for the period during which he is re-appointed to the office of governor or elected to Parliament or the state legislature or appointed to any office of profit under the Union or a State Government.

The personal assistant will be paid a salary of Rs 28,000. Singh said that the opposition should not have any objection as Swaraj Kaushal, husband of Sushma Swaraj,and Leader of the House Sushil kumar Shinde, are beneficiaries. Swaraj and Shinde are ex-governors.

Earlier, initiating the debate on the Bill, Kirti Azad (BJP) had pointed out that the post of governor has been often misuse with the Centre using them to target State Governments.
He said that recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission, Punchhi Commission and Venkatachalliah Committee should be implemented to prevent this.


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