Since taking oath on May 20 last year,West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has not taken her salary or the allowances that she is entitled to. While the chief ministers basic salary is Rs 8,000 per month,the various allowances add up to about Rs 40,000.
Since she took over,she has not received any money. The cheques for Rs 8,000 have been lying with us. Apart from that,she can also claim other perks but she has not done so. We dont know what to do with the money. In fact,our officers are planning to take up the matter with officials at the CMO, said an official of the home department.
The cheques are lying with the drawing and disbursing office of the home department which deals with the disbursement of salaries and allowances of the chief minister and other ministers. Mamata also does not use the official car that she is entitled to.
She is a symbol of probity in public life. She leads a spartan lifestyle and does not need much money, said senior Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy.