Kanpur: President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday arrived in Uttar Pradesh for a three-day visit. As per the first thing on his schedule, the President travelled to his native village Paraunkh, where he addressed public and got candid about his salary and how much tax he pays.
Addressing a gathering in his native village, the President said that he get Rs 5 lakh in salary, but 2.75 lakh out of it goes into taxes every month. He pointed out that people only talk about the salary, and not about the taxes that are paid on it. On a lighter note, he said that many teachers have higher savings than the President of India.
President Ram Nath #Kovind Tells How Much He Gets Paid Monthly and How Much Income #Tax Is Deducted
‘I get #salary of 5 lakhs per month, out of which 2,75,000 goes to tax, a teacher has more savings than us’, said President Ram Nath Kovind. pic.twitter.com/B2V7X2CLro
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The president also visited the Pathri Mata temple and hailed the villagers present there. In an emotional gesture, President Kovind was seen bowing down to the ground and touching the soul to pay obeisance to the land where he was born.
In a rare emotional gesture, after landing at the helipad near his village, Paraunkh of Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh, President Ram Nath Kovind bowed and touched the soil to pay obeisance to the land of his birth. pic.twitter.com/zx6OhUchSu
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“I had never imagined even in my dreams that an ordinary boy like me from a village like this would receive the privilege of discharging the responsibilities of the highest office in the country,” the President said in a public address at the Jan Abhinandan Samorah in Kanpur Dehat. “But our democratic system has made it possible,” he noted.
Recalling his childhood and friends from the past, the President said that he was more than happy to come back to his native village. “Wherever you are, I am too,” he said, “I am only called the first citizen as the President.” Earlier, it would have been difficult to get out of this village but not so now, the President added, hailing the democratic system of the country which, as he put it, has opened a way forward for everyone, irrespective of their status at birth, to achieve important milestones.