Covid-19: Lok Sabha passes bill to cut salaries of MPs by 30%

The bill to reduce salaries of MPs by 30% was introduced by Pralhad Joshi on Monday

The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill to cut salaries of all MPs by 30 percent for a year to meet the exigencies arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Salary, Allowances, and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was passed on the second day of the Monsoon Session on Monday. It will replace the Salary, Allowances, and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.

'Charity should begin at home', says Joshi.

In response to the debate, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that the funds are needed to fight the pandemic, and “charity should begin at home”.

He also emphasized the need to take such extraordinary measures due to the economic slump our country has taken.

"There is no politicization of the issue, he said at the end of the debate.

Opposition fumes at MPLADS suspension.

However, Opposition raised objection to the Cabinet's decision to suspend the MPLADS fund for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

Under the scheme, members of both the Houses can recommend developmental projects involving the spending of ₹5 crores every year.

Suspension disempowers MPs

The opposition felt the suspension could mean less groundwork in their constituencies. The members objected to why the Union Government was continuing the central Vista projects while taking away the MPLADS funds.

“If possible, the MPLADS funds should be increased. The Government should cut down on bigger expenses, ” said Saugata Roy, senior Trinamool Congress leader.

Leader of the Congress Party in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan said that 93 percent of the funds have been utilized by the members and the bulk has been used for welfare activities for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and villagers.

The suspension disempowers MPs and the Union Government should reconsider it, said Pinaki Mishra of Biju Janta Dal(BJD).

The move is temporary

The Union Government in response to the debate said that the move is taken under an unprecedented scenario and the suspension was temporary for two years.

India's COVID numbers touched the 5 million mark on Wednesday with close to 90 lakh cases in a day. 82,066 people have died taking the mortality rate to 1.63%. However, 39,42,360 people recovered from the virus at a rate of 78.53 percent.

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