The move suggests the government is scrambling scarce resources from every possible source to prepare for a long and hard battle against coronavirus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union ministers and members of Parliament (MPs) will take a 30% cut in their emoluments in FY21 in view of the Covid-19 outbreak, with the Cabinet approving an Ordinance on Monday to implement the decision.
The Cabinet has also cleared a proposal to suspend the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) in FY21 and FY22, so that the Rs 7,900 crore earmarked for it for these two years, typically for development work in constituencies, can be utilised to fight the pandemic. The move suggests the government is scrambling scarce resources from every possible source to prepare for a long and hard battle against coronavirus.
Briefing reporters, information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar also said President Ram Nath Kovind, vice-president M. Venkaiah Naidu and governors of various states have also expressed willingness to forgo 30% of their salaries in FY21. The money will go to the Consolidated Fund of India.
The President draws a salary of Rs 5 lakh per month, while vice-president and governors get Rs 4 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh, respectively, apart from sundry perks. The emoluments of members of parliament, including the Prime Minister, stand at around Rs 2.3 lakh per month, which includes a basic salary of Rs 1 lakh.
The MPLADS is usually meant for development work and the creation of durable community assets. Typically, MPs have a recommendatory role, while the actual execution of the projects is done by district authorities.