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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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Budget 2010

On 26/2/2010 Pranab Mukherjee presented India’s budget for the Financial Year 2010-11. Since 1992 prices used to come down after budget or did not go up. This time prices went up. Previously prices used to increase 15 days before the budget or some days after the budget or during the year and the government of the day used to claim that there is no increase of prices in the budget.
Income Tax categories are broadened. Discrimination against men and citizens who are not senior continues. Direct Tax Code will be applicable from 1/4/2011 and broadening Income Tax categories was a step in that direction.
Prices of air conditioners, cars, cement, cigar, cigarettes, tractors, jewellery, refrigerators and television sets go up.
Prices of petrol and diesel go up. Opposition MPs walked out when this was mentioned. This was an unprecedented act in India’s parliamentary history. RJD MPs who are part of UPA joined opposition MPs. Opposition MPs should not have walked out during budget presentation. Was it spontaneous or pre-meditated? It seems pre-meditated and a sign of the things to come. Opposition MPs have chance to move cut motions against the budget. If all those who walked out vote in favour of cut motions the government falls. The government is free to roll back hike in petrol and diesel prices. Pawan Kumar Bansal said increase in prices was roll back of decrease in prices that had taken place when oil price had gone up. Perhaps BJP MPs walked out because two days ago Congress MLAs in Gujarat had walked out when the budget was presented. Other opposition MPs did not want to be left behind. BJP and Left Front coming together is not spontaneity.
Prices of food grains is a concern and budget has no control over them. Food is needed daily.
All people in India pay taxes, direct or indirect. Many taxes are going towards funding subsidies, public distribution system and poverty alleviation programmes. Any scheme where there is corruption should be abolished.
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