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Parliament Paralysis

Since 23/11/2011 Parliament is disrupted day after day. MPs do not do work. There is talk of no work, no pay for MPs. No MP has openly opposed it but opposition MPs blame government for disruption and vice versa. Some say cutting 2,000 rupees of daily allowance will not make a difference to MPs as they have other sources and resources.

There are two points. First, it is immaterial whether cutting 2,000 rupees of daily allowance makes a difference to MPs or not. Parliament did not function and they should not get daily allowance.

Second, besides daily allowance there should be cuts in salary and other allowances. An MP’s salary is Rs.50,000 p.m., constituency allowance Rs.45,000 p.m., office allowance Rs.45,000 p.m. and there are other allowances and perks. For every day besides cut of 2,000 rupees of daily allowance there should be cut of 1,700 rupees from salary, 1,500 rupees from constituency allowance, 1,500 rupees from office allowance and so on. People do not lose money however rich they are. When Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays come in between they also should be counted. If a whole session is disrupted MPs should not get travelling allowance for the session.

Presiding officers should not adjourn houses. If the noise is too much they should put on ear plugs and sit. MPs who disrupt should be suspended for at least three days and marshals should be used to carry out those who do want to leave the house. That was the practice before and last year it was done in Rajya Sabha on 9/3/2010. Many years ago Raj Narayan was a heavyweight MP and marshals had a tough time to take him out.

Some say MPs do other work outside Parliament. When Parliament is in session MPs are supposed to attend Parliament and the work they do outside does not count.

India should switch over to presidential system. India has many political parties and parliamentary system which works best in effective two-party system is not suited for India.

Salaries of MPs

MPs want increase in salaries. A committee of MPs has recommended that salaries of MPs should be on par with that of Secretaries of Government of India.

For secretaries the salary is Rs.80,000/- p.m. It is not known what allowances and perks they get apart from salary.

For MPs the salary is Rs.16,000/- p.m. They get a constituency allowance of Rs.20,000/- p.m., daily allowance of Rs.1,000/- when Parliament is in session, free accommodation, phones, water, power, healthcare, railway travel and 34 free single air journey tickets.

MPs have other privileges like recommending two seats in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

One reason given for demand in increase is that MPs rank 21 in the table of precedence and secretaries 23 and therefore salaries of MPs should be more than of secretaries.

All MPs are happy at the prospect of the increase in salaries.

MPs should ask themselves whether they are doing their duties. Parliament disruptions are frequent and many times there are adjournments.

Table of precedence should not have been a consideration in deciding salaries. Since MPs want it that way salaries of MPs should not go up but of secretaries should come down. Before that something should be done about allowances and benefits.

Allowances of MPs should be abolished. Constituency allowance of Rs.20,000/- p.m. should be added to the salary. That makes it Rs.36,000/- p.m.

Daily allowance of Rs.1,000/- when Parliament is in session should be abolished. Instead of that Rs.10,000/- p.m. should be added to the salary. That makes it Rs.46,000/- p.m.

Free accommodation, water, power, healthcare and 34 free single air journey tickets should be abolished. Instead of that Rs.46,000/- should be added to the salary. That makes it Rs.86,000/- p.m.

Now MPs should be happy. They are getting more than secretaries.

MPLADS should be abolished. It began Rs.5,00,00/- p.a. per MP. Now it is Rs.2,00,00,000/- and MPs want it to go up to Rs.10,00,00,000/-.

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