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A parliamentary panel has pitched for 100 percent hike in salary and daily allowances of MPs and 75 percent raise in pension of ex-MPs apart from facilities for their "companions" in place of "spouses".

 

In far-reaching recommendations, the panel, headed BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, has sought doubling of the existing Rs 50,000 salary of MPs and favoured increasing the pension of former parliamentarians from Rs 20,000 to Rs 35 thousand.

 

The panel has also recommended that the daily allowance of MPs of Rs 2,000 for attending the House during Parliament sessions should be doubled to Rs 4000. It is learnt that some ex-MPs, who appeared before the panel rued that while they are given a First Class Ticket to travel on train, their companions, even if it is the spouse, can travel only second class.

 

The panel is learnt to have recommended that both the ex- MP and the "companion" should get First Class tickets. Besides, the panel is of the view that ex-MPs should be allowed to travel by air five times a year in economy class.

 

The sitting MPs are allowed to fly executive class around three dozen times in a year. The panel also noted that since MPs are considered above the rank of Cabinet Secretary, their privileges should also match their status.

 

It also pitched for health care benefits to married children of MPs. Sources said some of these recommendations recorded in the minutes of the meeting of the committee have already been submitted to Parliamentary Affairs Ministry, while some others will be finalised in the next meeting on July 13.

 

The salaries and perks of the MPs were last revised in 2010. Once the current panel submits its recommendations, the next revision will be carried out after another five years. CPI-M's member K N Balagopal has, however, suggested that MPs themselves should not decide their salary and allowances and that should be done through an independent mechanism.

 

JD-U, which is represented on the panel by Rajya Sabha MP K C Tyagi, is also of the view that an independent body should be constituted to decide the salary and perks of MPs keeping in mind the benefits announced by various boards and commissions appointed for revision of wages.

 

Some members of the panel contended since India is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the salary and allowances of its MPs should be at par with their counterparts in the member countries.

 

The reason put forward for replacing the word 'spouse' with 'companion' was that many MPs are unmarried or spouseless otherwise.

 

According to the rules, MPs are allowed to travel first class on trains and draw TA, DA equivalent to the cost of a single AC 2nd class ticket.

 

Panel members felt since there is no First Class in trains now, they should be given AC 1st class fares as allowance.

 

Read more at: Par panel pitches for 100 % hike in salary, perks of MPs - Oneindia

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MANOJ B. PATEL

They are not representatives of people but 'Dacoits'.

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Prasad GLN

O.K. They deserve that of course, as Committee members are eminent. But can they stop misusing their office and function without corruption ?

(IN an issue Note for Vote the demand is Rs.1 crore for becoming MLC per each member, cash down, further promise of re election/re nomination)

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MANOJ B. PATEL

I can not understand why people vote them.

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Prasad GLN

Any doubts on record majority of one CM in recent election?

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MANOJ B. PATEL

There should be a law that only Graduate qualified person can vote, and see the result.

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Prasad GLN

Are not they citizens ? Have all got equal opportunities ? Are only Graduates are capable of taking decisions ? Are the great leaders and businessmen were graduates ? Why it is not happening in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad where they have majority ?

(Ultimately it is the Caste that only counts in India and never individual merit. Neither MMS or Venkaiah Naidu ever dared to contest)

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MANOJ B. PATEL

Sir, those who have the knowledge of constitution of India and can understand about the back ground of candidate of MP/MLA should be allowed to vote. I can understand and respect all citizens of our country but actually what happens in villages a sarpanch/pradhan guides innocent people whom to vote and people vote acordinglly. And such type of voting frame a new govt. which is useless.

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Prasad GLN

Kindly study the voting pattern of more literacy states and less literacy states, you can find yourself.

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koteswararaonerella

ONCE ELECTED our public representatives are POWERFUL for 5 yrs as they have no other fear of REMOVAL and can do anything for them.They eat BIRYANI at Rs.10 in the canteen and take TEA at Rs.2 but want pay to be hiked by 100% .They are not worried about the poor

 

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