Indian government will delay joining date for new president, VP to be on the bench
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In addition, the government has also decided to move the yet to be elected vice president to the ‘bench’. This means that the new VP will only be paid for the hours he serves as the chairman of the Rajya Sabha on a 'session-to-session' basis. He might also be paid extra for the hours spent updating the Facebook page of the president (his primary function) and get a per diem for attending funerals overseas.
“These are part of the austerity measures announced by the government. Both the posts are cost centres for the government and are largely ceremonial in nature and symbolic in function. In the future, we may even replace many them with bots or Siri/Google Now type AI applications that will not just talk positive to the media but also take better decisions,” a senior bureaucrat told Humor Unplugged.
The bureaucrat also said that the Government may do away with another ceremonial post called the 'Chief Economic Advisor'.=