Disruptions in MP Assembly: A loss of face for state, personal loss for MLAs
Even as legislators have been castigated on TV and print alike for not allowing the Madhya Pradesh assembly to function through disruptions, thereby causing a loss of face to the nation, they have faced a personal “loss” too owing to the truncated sessions.
The legislators personally lost more than Rs 1 lakh per head over the past year as they have not received allowances, owing to premature adjournments of the Vidhan Sabha. The personal loss of lawmakers has led to the exchequer saving almost Rs 2.5 crore of tax payers’ money.
As if that was not enough, the bill seeking enhancement of emoluments of MLAs could not be tabled in this session either.
Every lawmaker in the state gets approximately Rs 2,000 per day of dearness and travel allowances when the House is in session.
The allowance is calculated for the total number of days the session has been called for, besides three days prior to the commencement of the session and three days after it has ended and is credited along with the salary at the end of the session, principal secretary, Vidhan Sabha, Bhagwandeo Israni said.
MLAs also get a special allowance to go back to their constituencies on weekends. However, in case the session is adjourned sine die before it was supposed to end, the allowance is calculated only for the days the House has met.
In the past five sessions of the assembly, the assembly has met for 53 days less than it should have, as per the pre decided schedule. Consequently, each legislator has been receiving about Rs 1,06,000 less by way of the TA and DA allowance in the last one year.
The total strength of the MP assembly being 230, the exchequer has saved around Rs 2.5 crore.
The monsoon session 2014 was called for 29 days but met only for 17; the winter session 2014 was called for five days and met for all five of them; the budget session in 2015 was called for 39 days but met only for seven days; a special session was called in March 2015 and met for that day, and the latest monsoon session called for 12 days met for only three days, resulting in 53 fewer meetings of the House than called.
The budget session in March and the monsoon session that ended on Wednesday was cut short owing to fierce disruptions by opposition parties demanding action in the Vyapam scam.