Published On: Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015

Union Minister u-turns on ‘no work no pay’

A statement by Union Minister Mahesh Sharma on ‘no work no pay’ for parliamentarians led to a furore, after which he had to hastily retract it.

Union Minister Mahesh Sharma

Union Minister Mahesh Sharma

Sharma had on Saturday said in Varanasi that there is a suggestion for applying ‘no work, no pay’ policy on MPs like it is being done with regard to bureaucrats, triggering a debate after which he went into a denial mode.

The Congress hit back at Union Minister Mahesh Sharma for his suggestion of ‘no work, no pay’ policy over the logjam in Parliament, saying such views were “wrong” as Congress MPs were “working hard”.

“We are working. We have standing committee meetings,” Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh told reporters. “I have a select committee meeting on land tomorrow and also a standing committee meeting on health. Therefore, it is wrong to say MPs are not working. MPs are working hard.”

Sharma’s Comments triggered a debate with Opposition parties wanting to know if it was his view or that of the government.

Following this, Sharma later said, “I still want to see what I had said…. Definitely it is not my statement and I just want to see that.”

He also added: “I am not the authorised person. I am not the competent person and I am not the required person to comment on this issue. I think this will be a matter for our Speaker and our senior ministers to discuss.”

The BJP on Sunday also said there was no such proposal before the government but the government would not mind discussing the issue.

“The government would not mind discussion on ‘no work, no pay’ issue. But as of now there is no such matter before the government,” Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters here.


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