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New Bill Passed in Rajya Sabha for reduction in the salary of MPs and MLAs

Lawstreet Journal 23 Sep 2020 12:56am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Executive New Bill Passed in Rajya Sabha for reduction in the salary of MPs and MLAs

The Rajya Sabha has passed the bill for a reduction in the salary of MPs and MLAs by 30% “to meet the exigencies arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic” for one year. 

The Salary, Allowances, and Pension of Members of Parliament Amendment Bill of 2020 was passed by the Lower House of Parliament, Lok Sabha earlier this week. 

The newly passed Amendment Bill will replace the Salary, Allowances, and Pension of Member of Parliament (Amendment) ordinance, 2020, which was cleared by the Cabinet on April 6 this year. 

The newly passed bill announced by Minister of State for Home G Krishna Reddy also proposes to reduce the salaries and allowances of ministers by 30 percent for a year. Both Bills were taken up simultaneously and passed by voice vote in the House. 

Union Minister Pralhad Joshi said this was a temporary suspension. He further said that it did not matter how much money was being saved through salary cuts. He said, “Charity should begin from home and that is the concept we have started. It is not Rs.4 crore saving as said by DMK member but Rs.53.9 crore per year from members salary”.

By raising their voices some opposition members asked the government to stop various projects like the Bullet train and the new Parliament building project. For which Joshi replied, “First you say public spending should be increased and now you are demanding that all these projects should be stopped”.

He further said “At least we don’t pay to some private trust from PM Relief… Continue Reading...

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