COVID-19: Ministers, MPs to take pay cut for 1 year

The Union Cabinet has approved an ordinance slashing salaries, pensions and allowances of members of the Parliament by 30 per cent for a year.

“Cabinet approves ordinance amending the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 reducing allowances and pension by 30% w.e.f. 1st April, 2020 for a year,” Union minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and many state governors have also voluntarily decided to take a pay cut as a social responsibility. The money will go to Consolidated Fund of India,” the Union minister said.

The cabinet has also approved temporary suspension of MPLAD (Member of Parliament local Area Development) fund scheme during 2020-21 and 2021-22, for managing health and adverse impact of outbreak of COVID19 in the country.