Coronavirus: MP's take pay, pensions cut by 30% , PM, President, governors follow suit


New Delhi, Apr 6 (IANS): The Union Cabinet on Monday approved an ordinance amending the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 to reduce allowances and pension by 30 per cent with effect from April 1, for a year.

The President, Vice President, and Governors have also voluntarily decided to take a pay cut as a social responsibility. The money will go to the Consolidated Fund of India.

This is being done in light of the coronavirus pandemic which India along with hundreds of countries is battling.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar also said the Cabinet has approved a move to suspend the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) for two years (2020-21 and 2021-22). That amount will go to the Consolidated Fund of India.

The purse strings of the government are being tightened in view of the coronavirus emergency and a fund -- PM CARES -- has been set up for relief efforts.

Senior Congress Ahmed Patel "welcomed" the Cabinet decision, saying that "in difficult times it is necessary that we help citizens".

"As a Member of Parliament, I welcome the government's decision to cut salaries of MPs. In this difficult time, this is the least we can do to help fellow citizens," he tweeted.

 

  

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  • vishal, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 7 2020

    Oscar already gave 1 crore from MPLAD fund..

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    Poor people will not go to sleep empty stomach.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    Majority have done nothing but whiling away time.So they can give full 5 years Salaries.
    Some are rich and come for Time pass. Their salaries also can be donated.
    Remove all other perks also.

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  • chris, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    Members of Parliament and legislators, are millionaires.... Why can't they not donate their income from there

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    This is disgraceful !!! Members of Parliament and legislators, are millionaires.... Why can't they not donate their salaries n perks for aleast 6 months, to the Prime minister fund ?????

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  • Rajesh Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar also said the Cabinet has approved a move to suspend the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) for two years (2020-21 and 2021-22). That amount will go to the Consolidated Fund of India.

    For next 3 years. No development.. Hahaha.
    Reason. Money all spent to fight coronavirus.

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  • G Veer S, Nagpur

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    Everything is commendable and a very noble gesture but where is the money going???. Is it reaching the deserving needy???.. Migrant workers are finally taken care by Baroda Bank. On the other hand during this critical times govt is not lowering fuel price from internationally declining fuel price instead govt is hiking the price.

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    It is right time for the government to cancel the pensions given to ex MPs and ex MLAs, unnecessary waste of tax payers money.

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    Exactly. No MP/MLA should be given pension. What job they do, is out of people's election them to that post, they did not earn that through education/qualification. The nation is losing such a huge sum of funds that can otherwise be spent on the welfare of the population. MP/MLAs make sufficient fortune within the time-frame they serve on their elected position.

    Somebody please start a signature campaign to do away with pension to all MP/MLAs.

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    I do not understand why people like Sachin tendulkar, Ambitab, Javed Akthar to name a few request the government to cancel this so called pension, sachin in fact also should come forward and ask the government to cancel all the perks and salary he gets because he was made a Barath ratna.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    If Modi can give 2 months salary why not others ...

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