The salaries of Central ministers and Members of parliament - starting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be slashed by 30 per cent for the coming year in view of the coronavirus outbreak and the expected downturn in the economy, the Union cabinet decided in a meeting.
Prakash Javadekar, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting mentioned that “Besides, the President, Vice President and all the Governors have also decided to take a 30 percent cut in their salaries for a year.” The money will go to the country's consolidated fund and the salary cut comes into effect from April.
As a part of the Government’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID 19, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has decided not to operate Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) for two years (2020-21 and 2021-22). These funds will be used to strengthen the Government’s efforts in managing the challenges and adverse impact of COVID19 in the country.
It can also be recalled that the Chief Ministers of various states and government officials are also opting for a pay cut. The state of Telangana, Odisha, Maharashtra, Telangana, and others have decided to cut the salaries of the Chief Minister, cabinet minister and senior IAS, IPS officers. After going through the current financial condition of the state, decisions were taken on payment of various government employees' salaries.
Many Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, Lok Sabha speakers are donating to the Prime Minister’s relief fund for this cause. With financial aid and strict policies, the country is hoping to handle the situation.
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