Bill passed: Ministers’ monthly sumptuary allowance is reduced by 30% for a period of one year.
In the Monsoon session of the Indian Parliament passed two bills to temporarily reduce salaries and allowances of members of Parliament. This decision was taken in the view of the global pandemic that has India very hard.
Lawmakers fix their own salaries under Article 106
Article 106 under the Indian Constitution gives lawmakers the right to fix their own salaries. As of now the bill for the reduction of salaries has been passed in Lok Sabha. Rajya Sabha will put forward this bill today under the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill,2020. This bill will amend the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers Act,1952 under which the salary of Ministers as well as Prime Minister get fixed.
Monthly sumptuary allowance reduced
Ministers’ monthly sumptuary allowance for the period of one year will cut by 30% which would be effective from April 1, 2020. According to the bill, MP’s salary now stands Rs70,000 which was Rs 100,000 earlier. Next is their paycheques which are ‘constituency allowance’ is revised to Rs 49,000 a month from Rs 70,000 earlier.
Lawmakers are also provided with office allowance. Now office allowance will stand Rs 54,000 from Rs 60,000. The Prime Minister’s sumptuary allowance has been reduced from Rs 3,000 to Rs 2,100. The sumptuary allowance of Cabinet Ministers is reduced to Rs 1,400 from Rs 2,000. Allowance for Ministers of state or a junior Minister is now Rs 700 which was Rs 1000 earlier.
Salaries are revised in every five years
Lawmakers revise their salaries in every five years which is revised to the subject of inflammation. The reduction in the salary of members of Parliament will be able to save the Government Rs 54 Crores. In countries such as Australia, the UK, and New Zealand salary of the Parliament members is decided by independent authorities.