RBI Governor Urjit Patel and his deputies have got a big pay hike with the government more than doubling their basic salary to Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 2.25 lakh per month, respectively.
The “basic pay of the Governor and Deputy Governors” have been revised retrospectively with effect from 1 January 2016 and marks a huge jump from Rs 90,000 basic pay so far drawn by the Governor and Rs 80,000 for his deputies.
Still, their salaries are much lower than the top executives of various banks regulated by the RBI.
The monthly emoluments of these top RBI officials include ‘basic pay’, dearness allowance and ‘other payments’, which totalled Rs 2,09,500 in Patel’s case as on 30 November 2016, as per the latest information disclosed on the RBI website.
In response to a query by PTI under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the central bank has now disclosed that as per a Finance Ministry communication, dated 21 February, the basic pay of the Governor and Deputy Governors have been revised.
Following the revision, the basic pay of the Governor stands increased to Rs 2,50,000 per month while the same for a Deputy Governor would be Rs 2,25,000, RBI said.
The pay hike is "with effect from 1 January 2016".
Dearness Allowance would be notified by the central government from time to time while “all other allowances (are) to be paid at existing rates as if the pay has not been received with effect from 1 January 2016,” the RTI reply said.
The RBI, however, did not disclose the new gross pay for Patel and his deputies following the revision in basic pay.
With the earlier basic pay of Rs 90,000, Patel got a DA of Rs 1,12,500 and 'other payments' of Rs 7,000 – totalling to a gross pay of Rs 2,09,500. The increase in the basic itself would take his gross pay to nearly Rs 3.70 lakh.
Patel, who took over the reins of the central bank in September 2016, had received a salary of Rs 2.09 lakh in October – the first full month in office. This amount was the same as drawn by his predecessor Raghuram Rajan in August that year.
Rajan assumed RBI governorship from 5 September 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 raised to Rs 2.09 lakh from Rs 2.04 lakh in January 2016.
It was not clear whether Rajan, who left the RBI on 4 September 2016, would be eligible for arrears as the basic pay for Governor has been revised retrospectively while covering little more than nine months of his tenure.
Currently, RBI has four deputy governors – R Gandhi, SS Mundra, NS Vishwanathan and Viral V Acharya.
At the end of November last year, Gandhi, Mundra and Vishwanathan were taking home a basic pay of Rs 80,000 per month. Acharya took charge in January this year.