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Covid News 19 India: President, Prime Minister, MPs to take pay cut to fund government efforts to fight Covid-19 | India News


NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Monday passed an ordinance to cut members of Parliament’s (parliamentary) wages, allowances and pensions by 30 percent for one year and the amount will be used in the fight against the coronavirus.

The president, vice president and state governors have also voluntarily decided to take a cut in wages as social responsibility, said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

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In reporting to journalists, the minister said the cabinet passed an ordinance amending the Members of Parliament Wages, Allowances and Pensions Act of 1954, reducing allowances and pensions by 30 percent from April 1, 2020 for a year.

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The money will go to the Indian Consolidated Fund, he added.

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The Cabinet also approved the temporary suspension of the MPLAD (Member of Parliament for Local Area Development) funding scheme during 2020-21 and 2021-22, and the funds will be used to manage health services and the adverse impact of the pandemic. of Covid-19 in the country, he said.

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