Rajya Sabha Passes Bill To Cut Salaries Of MPs, Ministers By 30 Pc

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With the Rajya Sabha giving its nod, the Parliament today passed Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020, and Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020, by voice vote.

However, MPs cutting across party lines, except for the ruling BJP, asked the government to restore the suspended MPLAD funds.

The Lok Sabha had approved the two Bills to reduce for one year the salaries of ministers and MPs by 30 per cent “to meet the exigencies arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic” on Tuesday.

The two Bills were taken up together for discussion though it was moved separately by two ministers – Minister of State (MoS) for Home G Kishan Reddy and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi. Reddy moved the Bill on ministers’ salary and Joshi moved the MPs’ salary Bill.

Reddy in his replies to the members’ criticism that the House spent two hours addressing these issues said the idea of this Bill was not just to save money, but a matter of principle.

The Bills intended to reduce 30 per cent of the government’s outgo on ministers and MPs’ salaries and allowances due to them.

Noting that charity should begin at home, Joshi said, “We have to be role models for our country.” He clarified that the saving from the Bills was not Rs 6 crore, as suggested by a member, rather it is at least Rs 53.83 crore.

Initiating the debate, Congress MP from Maharashtra Rajeev Satav says he and his party fully support the Bill and was willing to work for Re 1 if that would aid Covid-19 response, but insisted that the attempt to suspend MPLAD was wrong. He also asked that the Central Vista project be suspended until the Covid-19 fight is done with. Echoing Satav’s sentiment, several MPs, including from the BJD, YSRCP, TDP, TRS, SP, BSP and all others, demanded restoration of Members of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “The MPLAD funds are vital and its suspension be modified from two years to one year and 100 per cent to 50 per cent cut. We don’t construct palaces. It is used to construct small houses, kutcha roads and other small, but necessary amenities.”

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