The Lok Sabha has passed a bill to cut the salaries of 30 per cent MPs

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Member of Parliament Salary, Allowance and Pension (Amendment) Bill, 2020 went to the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Under this bill, MPs will get 30% salary for one year. A majority of MPs in the Lok Sabha supported the bill, but demanded that the government not cut MP funds.

After a brief discussion in the lower house, the Member of Parliament Salary, Allowance and Pension Amendment Bill 2020 was approved by the Constitution. This bill has been replaced by the Salaries, Allowances and Pensions Ordinance 2020 relating to Members of Parliament. Through this the Salary, Allowances and Pensions Act of 1954 has been amended. The ordinance was approved by the cabinet on 6 April amid the corona virus epidemic and came into force on 7 April. Most of the opposition members who took part in the talks said they had no problem with cutting MPs’ salaries, but the government should reconsider suspending MP funds.

During the discussion on the bill in the Lok Sabha, many MPs, including the Amravati MP, said that the central government could take our full salary, but the MP Leeds Fund should be fully met. Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee has said that the government should take our full salary, no MP should oppose it. However, the MP Leads Fund should be fully replenished. So that we can work for the benefit of the people.


On the other hand, TMC MP Saugat Roy said that you can take as much money from the MPs as you can. You can take our full salary but MP Leeds can fund it. We only work in our case with its help. Prime Minister Modi has 303 MPs, so this means that the rest of the MPs are of no importance.

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Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said in response to the discussion at the lower house that the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a number of important steps in view of the unprecedented situation caused by Kovid-19. This step is one of them. He said that social service starts sitting at home, so MPs are making this contribution and it is not a small or large amount but a question of ideology.

Joshi said that after a natural disaster hits a specific region, the war affects the borders of the two countries. However, Covid-19 has affected the whole world, has affected the world economy. He said the government has started a poor welfare project worth Rs 1.6767 crore with a package of Rs 20 lakh crore. The government works on rural infrastructure by increasing the allocation of MNREGA.

Responding to a question from members about the MP Region Development Fund (MPLAD), the Union Minister said the MP fund has been temporarily suspended for two years. He said some tough decisions were needed to help the people. Taking part in the discussion, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said he was representing a backward region and development work would suffer due to lack of MP funds.

He said most of the money from the MP fund was spent on people from villages, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and in such a situation the government was working against them by suspending the fund. Congressman Dean Kuriakos said the MP should have considered other ways of raising government funds rather than suspending them.


Vijay Baghel of the BJP said that all the MPs had worked for their constituencies during the Corona epidemic and now they too have to contribute by supporting the bill. DMK’s Kalanithi Birswamy, YSR Congress MP Bharat and some other members opposed the suspension of MP Nidhi.

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