Published On: Sun, Feb 14th, 2016

Par panel on MPs salaries and allowances exceeds brief, corrected

New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel looking into the issue of salaries and allowances of MPs has made a number of recommendations beyond the scope of the Act under which it is supposed to frame rules, prompting Parliamentary Affairs Ministry to set the matter right.

MPs' salary hike parliamentary panel head BJP MP Yogi Adityanath

MPs’ salary hike parliamentary panel head BJP MP Yogi Adityanath

When contacted, a panel member, however, downplayed the issue, saying that “with the changing times and changing situations”, a number of provisions need a re-look and the “committee has been making suggestions beyond the remit of the Act” for quite some time, some of which were accepted by the government and some not.

A large number of recommendations of the Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of MPs headed BJP member Yogi Adityanath have already been rejected by the government.

One such recommendation of the panel this time was for donating money to public as per desire (Swechhanudan for public), which was discussed in the panel meeting on December 15 last year.

The panel noted that since the issue was out of the ambit of the Committee it may be referred to Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs for appropriate action.

The ministry, which had earlier put the recommendation in “not agreed” category, explained the reason later when asked to do so and noted “this is not covered under The Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act 1954 and this ministry is not concerned with this subject.”

Another recommendation was for providing quota to MPs for grant of hand-pumps, construction of roads and installing solar lights in their constituency.

Informing the panel that the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry has sent the recommendation of the Committee to concerned ministries for consideration, the government also pointed out “the subject matter is beyond the scope” of Act governing the salary, allowances and pension of MPs and rules made thereunder.

The panel also wanted electrification to be carried out in places recommended by an MP in his or her constituency.

The government sent the recommendation to Power Ministry asking it to “keep it in mind” while taking a decision regarding electrification of places in their constituency but explained “the subject matter is beyond the scope” of the Act.

The Joint Committee was constituted to frame rules under the Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament Act, 1954.

PTI

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