Fix­ing MPs’ salary

The Financial Express - - NEWS -

A sec­tion of the me­dia has re­ported on the hefty hikes in salaries of our MPs and pen­sion of exMPs on the ba­sis of the rec­om­men­da­tions of a Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee. The com­mit­tee dou­bled the daily al­lowance of MPs for at­tend­ing the House meet­ing, from R2,000 to R4,000. It would not be out of place to say that for almost every cat­e­gory of cen­tral govern­ment em­ploy­ees, pay com­mis­sions are con­sti­tuted to re­view the salaries and emol­u­ments of the em­ploy­ees. The Sev­enth Pay Com­mis­sion con­sti­tuted in 2014 has given its rec­om­men­da­tions which have been im­ple­mented ef­fec­tive from first Jan­uary 2016. Con­trary to this, when the salary struc­ture for our MPs is re­vised, the Bill is sub­mit­ted, for­mally dis­cussed and passed by rais­ing the very same MPs by just a show of hands. We should re­mem­ber that the last pay re­vi­sion of MPs has been made in the year 2010 and the last re­vi­sion of em­ploy­ees/pen­sion­ers was made ef­fec­tive from Jan­uary 1, 2006. Un­doubt­edly, our Par­lia­ment is supreme and con­trols the fi­nance of the coun­try and when­ever they are in one voice, they can take almost any de­ci­sion—in this par­tic­u­lar case, there is a pro­vi­sion un­der Ar­ti­cle 106 as well as in the Sec­ond Sched­ule of the Con­sti­tu­tion re­gard­ing the pow­ers of the MPs to fix their own re­mu­ner­a­tion and emol­u­ments. Our MPs should def­i­nitely be given a salary to live with dig­nity, but eval­u­at­ing the pro­pri­ety of and jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for rais­ing their salary and perks de­mands that some mech­a­nism other than the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee is re­quired to be evolved. There can be an in­de­pen­dent panel cov­er­ing the three wings of govern­ment, i.e., ju­di­ciary, ex­ec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive, for the pur­pose of re­view­ing salaries. The Ed­i­tor,The Fi­nan­cial Ex­press, B1/B, Sec­tor - 10, Noida - 201301. Distt: Gau­tam Budh Na­gar (U.P.).or e-mail at: felet­ters@ex­pressin­dia.com or fax at Delhi: 0120-4367933

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