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‘Why no work, no pay rule for MPs?’

Few questions like how can MPs decide their own salaries will now be put forth Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, courtesy CP Rai, a right to information (RTI) applicant, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2007 04:25 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Few questions like how can members of Parliament (MPs) decide their own salaries and why they are paid for the day when the House is adjourned without transacting business will now be put forth Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, courtesy a right to information (RTI) applicant, CP Rai.

The government has also informed Rai that there would be an independent permanent mechanism for revising salaries, allowances and pension of MPs. "Details of the mechanism is being worked out," the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry officials said.

Rai wanted to know that why there is no commission of secretaries to decide salaries and allowances of MPs, similar to the one for the Central Government employees. As of now, Parliament decides on the salaries and allowances of its members.

He had also sought a reply from Lok Sabha Secretariat on why ‘no work no pay’ rule is applied for MPs for the days when the house is adjourned for the day.

Rai also wanted to know what steps the secretariat has taken to recover the amount paid to MPs for such days.

He even quoted a letter written by the former Lok Sabha speaker Manohar Joshi stating that there should be rule of procedure for MPs of
‘no work no allowance’.

"By this way there will be public opinion that when MPs don’ take allowance for not doing any work, the employees will also not go to strike in future, and if they do so then they will have to accept no work no allowance," Joshi said in the letter.

"Allowances are paid according to the provisions of Salary, Allowances and Pension of members of Parliament Act 1954," Additional Secretary in Lok Sabha Secretary SK Sharma told Rai.

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