The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown put in place in order to control the spread of the disease will lead to several economic repercussions. Keeping this in mind, the Union Cabinet has approved an ordinance to cut the salaries of the Prime Minister and Members of Parliament by 30 percent for one year. There will also be a reduction in pensions. The information was given by Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting.
According to the reports, this will come into effect from 1st April.
Suspension of MPLADS
The Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme will remain suspended for the next two years (2020-2021 and 2021-2022). Javadekar further added that the consolidated amount of these funds (about Rs.7,900 crores) will be given to the Consolidated Fund of India. The funds will be used to manage health and other adverse impacts of the coronavirus crisis.
During the press meet, Javadekar also said that President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and the governors of all states decided to give up a part of their salaries in order to do their bit in these difficult times. The announcement was made through a video conference.
The Members of Parliament Act of 1954 will have to be amended to allow the salary cut for the rest of the MPs.
The Prime Minister recently addressed the workers of his party on BJP’s 40th Foundation Day. He said, “It is going to be a long haul, we don’t have to tire, our resolve and mission are to emerge victorious in the fight against this pandemic.”
Currently, India has 5,356 COVID-19 positive cases and the death toll stands at 160.