New Delhi: Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020 has been passed in Lok Sabha today. Under this, for one year, the salary of MPs will be reduced by 30 percent. The amendments to reduce salaries and allowances of MPs and Ministers, are done to supplement the central government’s resources to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The question is whether this reduction has a significant impact to help ramp up financial resources needed to fight COVID-19.
Under this bill, for one year, the salary of MPs will be reduced by 30 percent. The bill has been openly supported by most MPs. Along with this, MPs have demanded from the government that the MP fund should not be cut.
As per PRS Legislative Research, the proposed reduction to the salaries and allowances of MPs and Ministers amounts to savings of around Rs 54 crore. This is less than 0.001% of Rs 20 lakh crore which is the amount of the special economic package announced by the centre, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
When this bill was being passed in the Lok Sabha, during the discussion some MPs said that the government should take our full salary, but there should be no deduction on the MP fund. TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee said that through this bill, even if the government takes our full salary, we have no problem and no MP will oppose it, but we should get the MP fund completely.
Along with this, another MP of TMC, Saugata Roy, during the discussion on this bill said that instead of a 30 percent deduction, you can take our full salary but there should be no deduction in the MP fund. We work on the issues related to people in our areas with the help of MP Fund.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi today introduced the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020 of Members of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, which will replace the Salary, Allowance and Pension Ordinance 2020 of Members of Parliament.