President of India

President of India
Bhārat ke Rāṣṭrapati
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Ram Nath Kovind

since 25 July 2017 (2017-07-25)
StatusHead of state
AppointerElectoral College of India
Term lengthFive years
Constituting instrumentConstitution of India (Article 52)
Inaugural holderRajendra Prasad (1950–1962)
Formation26 January 1950; 71 years ago (1950-01-26)
First holderRajendra Prasad
DeputyVice President of India
Salary 500,000 (US$6,600) (per month)
6,000,000 (US$80,000) (annually)[2] Edit this at Wikidata

The president of India (IAST: Bhārat ke Rāṣṭrapati), officially the president of the Republic of India, is the ceremonial head of state of India and the commander-in-chief of the Indian Armed Forces. Ram Nath Kovind is the 14th and current president.

The office of president was created when India became a republic on 26 January 1950, when its constitution came into force. The president is indirectly elected by an electoral college comprising both houses of the Parliament of India and the legislative assemblies of each of India's states and territories, who themselves are all directly elected.

Although Article 53 of the Constitution of India states that the president can exercise his powers directly or by subordinate authority, with few exceptions, all of the executive powers vested in the president are, in practice, exercised by the prime minister (a subordinate authority) with the help of the Council of Ministers.[3] The president is bound by the constitution to act on the advice of the prime minister and cabinet as long as the advice does not violate the constitution.

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  2. ^ "President, Vice President, Governors' salaries hiked to Rs 5 lakh, Rs 4 lakh, Rs 3.5 lakh respectively". Times Now News. Indo-Asian News Service. 1 February 2018. Archived from the original on 2 February 2018.
  3. ^ Constitution of India (PDF). Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India. 1 December 2007. p. 26. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 September 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2013.

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