CPI on Salary Cut of MPs and on MPLAD Funds
Updated: Apr 10, 2020
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India (CPI) issued the following statement today (7th April, 2020) on Union Cabinet’s decisions on salary cut of MPs and on MPLAD Funds:
The National Secretariat of Communist Party of India (CPI) agrees with the Union Cabinet’s decision on April 6, 2020 to implement a 30 per cent cut in the salaries of all Members of Parliament in this crisis period as part of the move to mobilise funds for fighting COVID-19. Our Party MPs, two in Lok Sabha and one in Rajya Sabha, have already given their one month salary to the respective CM Relief Fund in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
With regard to MPLADS Funds, CPI is of the view that the government should reconsider its position and revisit the issue. The government may give an advisory to the MPs to earmark their Funds only on Public Health in their respective constituencies and States during the current COVID-19 crisis. This will help to improve the public health facilities.
As far as revenue mobilization is concerned, the government must consider how to make corporate and big business houses to share the miseries of the people. The government has been helping the corporate houses in many ways. From 2014-15 till now corporate income tax forgone that is the revenue loss for the government, is around Rs 7 lakh crores under BJP rule with Mr Modi as the Prime Minister.
These decisions of the Union government have been taken after calling a meeting with floor leaders of political parties in Parliament by the Prime Minister tomorrow that is 8th April, 2020. This practice of taking decisions without proper consultation when the meeting is slated to take place is unfair and unhealthy cannot be accepted in any circumstances in a democracy as we are today.