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Monday, November 6, 2017

Are MP and MLA Different?

The Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 decides on the financial entitlement of MPs. The Act has been amended 28 times. The last amendment was enforced in 2010. The proposal to increase salaries of the MPs is under consideration of the government.
But salary of other public servants are revised once in 5 or 10 years. Why?
Since August 2010, an MP is paid a basic salary of Rs 50,000 per month and a pension of Rs 20,000 per month after retirement. An ex-MP is entitled to pension even if he becomes a member of Parliament for a day.
Other public servants get pension after completing  10 to 20 years of service and it does not increase with increasing  year of service. Why?
If a person serves as member of Parliament for more than one full term, the amount of pension increases by Rs 1,500 for every year as an MP.
Why such increase is not possible for other servants?
The earnings of a person as an MP are tax-free.
Why pension of other public servant is considered  as income for the purpose of income tax. Why?

Almost all the medical expenses of an MP are paid by the government. Why not same is applicable  to all government  servants including  staff of PSUs PSBs and public sector insurers?

An MP is entitled to a minimum pension of Rs 20,000 per month and additional pension of Rs 1500 per month for every year of membership of Parliament in excess of five years. There is no upper limit on the amount of pension entitlement.
Why There is no minimum pension for other servants working in various departments. 
The family of an ex-MP is entitled to half the pension the former member of Parliament was getting during his lifetime. The family pension is given to the spouse or declared dependent.
Why it is only 25 to 33% for other staff?

I have compared MP and MLA with public servants because former serves for a term or two only  in general whereas the later serve for two to four decades. You as PM consider yourself as servant at par with other servants. Then why there is discriminatory  treatment with employees of different  other sectors?
You MP and MLA were in beginning were considered as social workers.  Later they became public servants  and revised salary and perks every now and then as per their whims. Other sectors has to fight for hike and have to  go on strike for a nominal hike.
MP and MLA are not accountable and responsible  and punishable  as other public servants are. Why? They enjoy subsidised canteen whereas others are not.Why?

Cases for Updation  of pension  of retired bank employees and 100% DA for pre2002 retired bank staff has been pending  in various courts for years and decades. There is none to look into their grievances.  Even for medical  care they have to pay heavy amount  every year for insurance  cover.
Please look into it and think over it.

You may at least ask MP and MLA to submit their work done report.  Ask them go submit annual statement  of assets and liabilities as other public servantsare to do. You may start punishing them in cases of lapses. You may ask election commissioner to debar  a person from contesting  election at least for a term who do not secure at least 5 percent of valid votes.  And so on ...to regulate their performance. 
If we look at service men in private sector.  Their pay is too high. Some of them go abroad  and get five to twenty-five times of salary compared go what a government servant  gets in India.


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