The Union Cabinet on Monday 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).
An ordinance to this effect has been issued following the cabinet decision. It is also decided a 30 per cent cut in the monthly salary of all members of Parliament for one year. These funds will be used to strengthen the Government’s efforts in managing the challenges and adverse impact of COVID19 in the country.
The President, Vice President and all Governors have also decided to voluntarily accept a 30 per cent cut in their salaries. These amounts will be deposited in the Consolidated Fund of India.
Prime Minister Modi during the cabinet meeting which was held through video conference for the first time in the country has also asked to prepare for a business continuity to combat the economic impact due to the pandemic on a war footing.