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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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Sports and IOA

Sports Minister M. S. Gill came up with an order restricting the tenure of officials of IOA and its affiliates. He fixed the retirement age at 70.
The officials were upset. They challenged the minister and have gone to court. They claim restricting terms and fixing retirement age of IOA officials is against Olympic Charter and India can be expelled from Olympics.
Politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen have headed sports bodies in India for decades without accountability. IOA claims it is autonomous. The performance of officials has been pathetic. They ruined hockey. In other sports it has been from bad to worse. If India got some medals in Olympics it was despite these officials.
Government money, which is paid by taxpayers, sustains IOA. IOA has to be accountable to the people. If officials do not want to give up posts no money should be given to IOA. If IOC expels India so be it.
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BJP, JMM and Jharkhand

On 28/4/2010 BJP withdrew support to Shibu Soren led government. It was to submit a letter to the governor of Jharkhand the next day. Shibu Soren’s son Hemant Soren stepped in. He wanted BJP to continue to support. Shibu Soren will step down. Hemant Soren will be CM. BJP did not agree. Hemant Soren proposed that CM can be from BJP.
BJP had candidates to be CM. BJP forgot about withdrawal of support. Now the discussion was who should be CM. One candidate was opposed to coalition with JMM. The chance of becoming CM made him forget about it.
Some MLAs in JMM are opposed to BJP CM. They were not ministers in Shibu Soren government and they have no hope of becoming ministers in BJP led government. However they do not have enough members in their groups to cause a legal split.
On 1/5/2010 BJP decided to give time to Shibu Soren to settle differences within JMM. If Congress splits JMM and forms government in Jharkhand, BJP will have neither CM, nor revenge.
Instability has ruined Jharkhand. There is no sign of stability as long as the present Legislative Assembly lasts.
Jharkhand events are one more reason for India to give up parliamentary system and switch to presidential system.
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