COVID-19: MPs, ministers to take 30 % pay cut for one year

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The cabinet that met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the decision to mop up resources for fighting Covid-19

The Union Cabinet has on Monday, April 6, approved an ordinance amending the salary, allowances and pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 to slash salaries of parliamentarians and ministers by 30 per cent for one year in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told media after the cabinet meeting that President, Vice President and Governors of States have also voluntarily decided to take a pay cut as a social responsibility. The money will go to Consolidated Fund of India

The Cabinet also approved the move to temporarily suspend MPLADS Fund of MPs for two years – 2020-21 and 2021-22. The fund amounting to Rs.7900 crores will go to Consolidated Fund of India, Javadekar said.

According to Hindustan Times, various state government have already decided on salary cuts and other measures in the fight against coronavirus. The Kerala government on Wednesday decided to cut a month’s salary of all its staffers to raise funds for the state disaster relief fund. Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has given up a year’s salary to help the state fight the Covid-19 crisis.

Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan also announced a cut in salaries of its government employees depending on their ranks.

Maharashtra, which is bearing the brunt of the coronavirus crisis with nearly 800 cases, has decided to pay out the salaries in instalment, the HT report said.

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