LS passes bill to cut MPs’ salaries by 30%

New Delhi (NVI): A bill to reduce the salaries of MPs by 30 per cent was today passed in the Lok Sabha in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic and exigencies arising out of it.

The Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was introduced in the Lower House yesterday by Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi.

Once it becomes a law, it will replace the Salary, Allowances And Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which was brought in April this year.

The ordinance was cleared by the Cabinet on April 6 and promulgated the next day.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Joshi, while responding at end of the debate said that the proposal to suspend MPLADS funds is temporary and for only two years.

However, many Opposition members expressed reservation on the move, saying that the suspension of funds related to MPLADS or Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme could translate to causing impediments in ground level work in their constituency.

-ARK