In these tough times of Nation Wide lockdown Government of India issued an order to cut down the salaries, pension and allowances of Members of Parliament (MP’s) by 30% including Prime Minister Narendra Modi for one year.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar informed the media about this ordinance in his press conference today.
Prakash Javadekar said in a conference that Cabinet approves Ordinance amending the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 reducing ‘salary’ by 30% w.e.f. 1st April, 2020 for a year.
The President, Vice President and all the Governors have also decided to take a 30 percent cut in their salaries for a year.
He also informed that “The Cabinet also decided to cancel allocation of Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds. MPLADS will be ‘suspended for two years, 2020-21 and 2021-22”.
Ahmed Patel, Congress MP (Rajya Sabha) has also welcome thia decision to cut the salaries of MP’S.
As a Member of Parliament , I welcome the government’s decision to cut salaries of MP’s. In this difficult time , this is the least we can do to help fellow citizens
— Ahmed Patel (@ahmedpatel) April 6, 2020
Apart from this Ahmed Patel also has a suggestion for government he said in a tweet “Apart from cutting salaries of MP’s and Ministers , the Central Government can save more than Rs 20,000 cr by scrapping the Central Vista redevelopment project & cutting down on non Covid19 publicity expenses”.