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President Promulgates Ordinance Reducing Salaries Of MPs By 30% Amid COVID-19 Crisis

President Ram Nath Kovind promulgated an ordinance by which the salaries of MPs will be reduced by 30% for a period of one year amid the COVID-19 crisis

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Akhil Oka

On Tuesday, President Ram Nath Kovind promulgated 'The Salaries, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020'. This was approved by the Union Cabinet on April 6. According to the ordinance, it was necessary to raise resources for the fight against the novel coronavirus. For this purpose, a new sub-section has been inserted in Section 3 of 'The Salaries, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954' to reduce the salaries payable to Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs by 30%. This will be applicable for a period of one year from April 1, 2020. Currently, there are 4789 confirmed novel coronavirus cases in India out of which 353 people have recovered while 124 individuals have lost their lives. 

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Read the full Gazette notification of the ordinance here: 

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Centre takes key decisions on April 6

Addressing a press briefing after the Union Cabinet meeting on Monday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar talked about the decision to bring in an ordinance to amend 'The Salaries, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954'. Moreover, he revealed that President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and all the Governors had voluntarily decided to take a 30% salary cut. Javadekar also announced the suspension of the MPLADS funds for two years.

He stated that Rs.7,900 crore saved from the MPLADS will go to the Consolidated Fund of India. Furthermore, he noted that many MPs had already pledged their MPLADS funds of Rs.5 crore per year to combat the novel coronavirus crisis. While politicians cutting across party lines welcomed the move to slash salaries, they did not take kindly to the suspension of the MPLADs funds. 

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