An Act to provide for the payment of pension and other facilities to retiring Vice-Presidents.
BE it enacted by Parliament in the Forty-eighth Year of the Republic of India as follows:-
This Act may be called the Vice-Presidents Pension Act, 1997.
(1) There shall be paid to every person who ceases to hold officer as Vice-President, either by the expiration of his term of officer or by resignation of his office, a pension of six thousand two hundred and fifty rupees per month, for the remainder of his life:
Provided that such person shall not be entitled to receive any pension during the period he holds the office of the Prime Minister, a Minister or any other office or becomes a Member of Parliament and is in receipt of salary and allowances which are defrayed out of the Consolidated fund of India or the Consolidated Fund of a State.
(2) Subject to any rules that may be made in this behalf, every such person shall, for the remainder of his life, be entitled-
(a) To the use of such furnished residence (including its maintenance), without payment of rent, as a Union Deputy Minister is entitled to during his tenure of office under the provisions of the Salaries and allowances of Ministers Act, 1952 (58 of 1952)
(b) To the use of similar telephone facilities at his residence, as a member of Parliament is entitled to under the provisions of the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 (30 of 1954)
(c) To secretarial staff; and office expense not exceeding rupees six thousand per annum;
(d) To the same facilities for himself as respects medical attendance and treatment and on the same conditions as a retired president is entitled to under the provisions of the Presidents Emoluments and Pension Act, 1951 (30 of 1951)
(e) To the same facilities for his spouse and minor children as respects medical attendance and treatment and on the same conditions as the spouse of a retired President is entitled to under the provisions of the Presidents Emoluments and Pensions Act, 1951 (30 of 1951); and
(f) To travel anywhere in India, accompanied by his spouse, the executive class by air, and the highest class by rail.
Subject to any rules that may be made in this behalf, the spouse of a person who dies while holding the office of Vice-President shall, for the remainder of life, be entitled to medical attendance and treatment, free of charge.
Any sum payable under this Act shall be charged on the Consolidated Fund of India.
(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazettee, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
(2) Every rules made by the Central Government under this Act, shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree t hat the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified from or be of no effect, as the case may be; so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.
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