Perks Of Indian Parliamentarians

Perks Of Indian Parliamentarians

Finnish PM Sanna Marin was in news about her use of government money for funding family breakfast. Did you know that Indian parliamentarians also get a lot of additional perks and benefits. Let’s have a look at the various perks received by current and retired MPs.

Crux of the Matter

Finnish PM Case
Finnish PM Sanna Marin was under scrutiny as her family’s breakfast was being subsidised by taxpayers money. She pledged to pay $17,000 back to the country.

In that light, let us look at the salaries and perks that Indian Parliamentarians get.

Salary

  • Monthly Salary: ₹1,00,000.
  • Daily allowance: ₹2000 (provided the Parliamentary register is signed).
  • Constitution allowance and office expense: ₹70,000 & ₹60,000 respectively.

Travel

  • Air Travel: Allowed up to 34 free air travels for official duties with spouse/companion. Out of these, spouse/companion can use up to 8 to travel alone to meet the member.
  • Rail Travel: 1 non-transferable ticket to travel in first-class or executive class. 1 two-tier ticket for spouse/companion.

Accommodation

  • Transit Accommodation – A temporary lodging provided for a newly elected member in Delhi .
  • Regular Accommodation – Provided with rent-free housing throughout the term.
  • Guest Accommodation – Accommodation at Western Court Hostel, Janpath provided to the guests. 

Telephone

  • Three telephones with 50,000 free local calls each.
  • Two mobile phone connection of MTNL/BSNL connection or any private with national roaming.
  • Optional 3G facility offered by MTNL/BSNL.

Water And Electricity

  • 4,000 kilolitre of free water.
  • 50,000 units of free electricity.

Advance Allowance
Up to ₹4,00,000 as advance can be taken by a member for conveyance purchases.

Income Tax
Salary and allowances of MP comes under “income from other sources”. Hence, they are exempted from paying income tax.

Food
For instance, a veg thali and a chicken biryani cost ₹100 each in the Parliament canteen.

Pension

  • Pension of ₹25,000 per month.
  • Additional pension of ₹2,000 per month for every year after 5 years.

Curiopedia
  1. Shabnam “Mausi” Bano is the first transgender Indian to be elected as a MLA. She was an elected member of the Madhya Pradesh State Legislative Assembly from 1998 to 2003, while transgender people were first given voting rights in 1994.
  2. In the 17th Legislative Assembly a BJP legislator from Keonjhar constituency, Chandrarani Murmu, became the country’s youngest member when she was 25 years, 11 months and nine days. Shafiqur Rahman Barq of SP from Sambhal constituency became the oldest member at the age of 86.
  3. Indrajit Gupta was the longest-serving member having been elected eleven times to the Lok Sabha. The only time he lost an election was when he lost to Ashok Krishna Dutt in 1977 following the CPI-supported Emergency.

BJP topples Cong Govt in MP – A Timeline

On 23rd March 2020 BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan took oath as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh (MP) after former CM Kamal Nath resigned on 20th March 2020.

Crux of the Matter

Timeline of Toppling of the Government

9th March 2020

  • 17 MP MLAs close to Jyotiraditya Scindia fly to Bengaluru and are kept in an undisclosed location.
  • Jyotiraditya Scindia resigns from Congress.
  • 19 other Congress MLAs resign.


10th March 2020

  • Scindia meets PM Modi and HM Amit Shah in Delhi.


11th March 2020


13th March 2020

  • BJP leader Scindia files Rajya Sabha nomination.


14th March 2020

  • MP Legislative Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati accepts resignations of other MLAs.
  • BJP leaders meet the Governor and request him to ask the ruling party Congress to prove its majority in the House through floor test.


15th March 2020

  • CM Kamal Nath claims he has majority in the House and that he cannot prove it while Congress MLAs are in captivity.


16th March 2020

  • No floor test conducted. House adjourned till 26th March over Coronavirus concerns.
  • BJP moves to Supreme Court to challenge Speaker’s decision.
  • Governor, in response to CM’s letter, asks him to conduct a floor test on 17th March. He adds that if the test is not conducted then it will be presumed that the government does not have majority in the House.


17th March 2020

  • CM Kamal Nath restates that a floor test is impossible in the absence of captive MLAs.
  • He dares the Opposition to rather file a no confidence motion.


19th March 2020

  • Supreme Court accepts BJP’s plea made by Shivraj Singh Chouhan and orders floor test on 20th March 2020.


20th March 2020

  • Kamal Nath resigns ahead of floor test.


23rd March 2020

  • BJP leader and former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan takes oath as CM once again.
Curiopedia

Kamal Nath is an Indian politician who served as the 18th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh for approximately 15 months and resigned after a political crisis. As a leader of the Indian National Congress he has served as the Minister of Urban Development. He is one of the longest serving and most senior members of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of India’s bicameral Parliament. He was appointed the Pro Tem Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha. He has been elected nine times from the Chhindwara Lok Sabha constituency of Madhya Pradesh. Nath was elected president of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee in May 2018, leading the party in the November–December 2018 assembly election. He assumed the office of Chief Minister on 17 December 2018 and resigned on 20 March 2020 due to lack of majority in government. More Info

Shivraj Singh Chouhan is an Indian politician and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is currently the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and also a member of the legislative assembly of the State of Madhya Pradesh. He previously served as the Chief Minister of the Madhya Pradesh, between 2005 and 2018, and holds the record as the state’s longest serving Chief Minister. He is often referred to as Mamaji (Maternal Uncle in Hindi). As a leader of the BJP, Chouhan served as its general secretary and president of its Madhya Pradesh state unit. He is a five-time Member of Parliament, having represented Vidisha in the Lok Sabha, the lower House of the Indian Parliament, between 1991 and 2006. More Info

Congress Stalwart Scindia Poached by BJP; Chaos in MP

Son of Congress veteran late Madhavrao Scindia, Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from Congress party on his father’s birth anniversary, 10 March 2020. Madhya Pradesh’s Kamal Nath government is at the risk of facing a floor test as 19 Congress MLAs, who flew to Bengaluru the day Scindia resigned, have submitted their resignation to Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati.

Crux of the Matter

Thin Line in MP Assembly
MP Assembly has 230 seats. However, due to the death of 2 members in the running session, the number has reduced to 228. 115 seats are required to prove the majority and form the government in Madhya Pradesh. Currently, Congress has 119 seats including 4 seats in collusion with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and 1 with the Samajwadi Party. Whereas BJP has 109 seats in the MP assembly.

Kamal Nath Government Crisis
A prominent and senior member of the Congress party, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia has resigned from the party. Congrees in its statement stated that Scindia has been expelled from the party because of “anti-party activities“. Congress president has approved the expulsion of him from the party, as per Congress leader K.C. Venugopal.

After the resignation, Scindia had a closed-door meeting with PM Modi accompanied by the Home Minister Amit Shah. There has been speculation that Scindia-loyal 19 Congress MLAs who submitted their resignation may join BJP. If this thing comes true, then Kamal Nath Government will have to face the floor test and have to prove majority.

If the Speaker approves the resignation, then the total number of seats in the assembly will fall to 209. BJP will have more seats than the Kamal Nath government. Thus, the current government is on the brink of falling apart.

JM Scindia Turning Tables
Jyotirdaditya Scindia’s father Madhavro Scindia started his political career with Congress. In 1980 he fought the election from Congress and won against BJP’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In 1996, Congress refused to give him a ticket after which he left the party and fought elections form his own party named Madhya Pradesh Vikas Congress. Later Congress had pleaded him to join the party again.

Jyotiraditya Scindia, for past a year now, had been in indirect protest against his own party. He had shown his dissatisfaction when Kamal Nath was chosen as the Chief Minister of MP. He also removed Congress from his twitter bio and supported the Abrogation of Article 370, which may be reflective of his discontent with the party.

Similar Situation in Rajasthan Congress
JM Scindia’s discontent can be compared with that of Rajasthan’s Congress Leader Sachin Pilot. His restlessness with the Congress comes over the issue of Ashok Gehlot becoming the CM of Rajasthan, which was only a month after MP Assembly elections.

Curiopedia

Madhavrao Jivajirao Scindia was an Indian politician and minister from the Indian National Congress. Earlier, in 1961, he had become the titular being a descendant of the Scindia dynasty of the Marathas. However, in the 26th amendment to the Constitution of India promulgated in 1971, the Government of India abolished all official symbols of princely India, including titles, privileges, and remuneration. More Info

Vijaya Raje Scindia born Lekha Divyeshwari Devi and known popularly as the Rajmata of Gwalior, was a prominent Indian political personality. In the days of the British Raj, as consort of the last ruling Maharaja of Gwalior, Jivajirao Scindia, she ranked among the highest royal figures of the land. In later life, she became a politician of considerable influence and was elected repeatedly to both houses of the Indian parliament. She was also an active member, for many decades, of the Jana Sangh and co-founder of Bharatiya Janata Party. More Info

Vyapam Scam: Court Sentences 10 Years Jail to More than 30 Accused

The Special Judge, CBI, Bhopal, on Monday 25 November 2019, gave jail sentence to 32 accused persons, including candidates, impersonators and middlemen in two Vyapam (Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board) related cases.

Crux of the Matter
  • Pradeep Tyagi, a middleman/mastermind was sentenced to undergo 10 years Rigorous Imprisonment whereas 12 candidates Rajveer Singh @Banti, Arun Gurjar @ Tinku, Mukesh Singh Gurjar, Uday Bhan Singh Gurjar, Ajay Pratap Singh, Bhupendra Singh Tomar, Kalyan Singh Sikharbar, Srinivas Jatav, Prabendra Singh Tomar @ Banti, Gulbir Singh Jath, Atendra Singh Gurjar; 12 impersonators Rahul Pandey @ Rajesh Upadhyay, Asish Kumar Pandey, Kulvijay Verma, Abhishek Katiyar, Suyesh Saxena, Neeraj Mishra, Anil Yadav, Ajay Sekharwar, Dharmesh Singh, Phool Kuwar, Ajit Chowdhury, Chandra Pal Kashyap and 6 other middlemen Satish Sharma, Devendra Singh, Prabhakar Sharma, Shivshankar Harijan, Dinesh Dhakar & Punjab Singh all were sentenced to undergo seven years Rigorous Imprisonment.
  • CBI had registered this case on the orders of the Supreme Court of India and taken over the investigation of the case on 23 December 2015 from Madhya Pradesh Police. It was alleged that unfair means were used in the Madhya Pradesh Police Constable Recruitment Test-2013 conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (VYAPAM) involving 12 accused candidates who had arranged and used impersonators through racketeers/ middlemen for passing the written examination of PCRT- 2013.
  • The Trial Court found all the 31 accused guilty and convicted them under sections 120-B read with 419, 420, 467, 468 & 471 of IPC and section 3(D)(1)(2)/4 MPRE Act 1937.
  • The Special Judge, CBI, Vyapam Cases, Bhopal also sentenced Beerendra Singh Gurjar, who had appeared as a candidate in the Police Constable Examination 2013 (II) conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MP VYAPAM), to undergo seven years rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs.7000 in another Vyapam related case.
  • CBI had registered this case on 5 August 2015 against the accused as per the orders of Supreme Court of India and took over the investigation of the case, earlier registered at Police Station Jehangirabad in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh).
  • It was alleged that the accused had cheated by impersonation and forgery in the examination of Police Constable Examination 2013 (II) conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MP VYAPAM).
  • After completion of investigation, CBI filed supplementary charge sheet against the accused candidate, Beerendra Singh Gurjar before the Court of 8th ASJ, Bhopal (MP), on 19 December 2018.
  • The Trial Court found the accused guilty and convicted him.
Curiopedia

Supreme Court of India on 9 July 2015 had ordered the transfer of the Vyapam scam case and investigations into the deaths linked with this case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The order had come in response to a petition by Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and a few whistle blowers who were raising this matter for a long time. The VYAPAM scam involving the Madhya Pradesh State Professional Examination Board revolves around massive irregularities in medical admission tests and recruitment of staff for many state departments, including contractual teachers and transport constables. During the long drawn investigation by CBI, names of certain racketeers, “Solvers and Beneficiary candidates” and several others have surfaced. They were allegedly operating from places like Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Shahdol, Ratlam and Sagar. It is alleged that these racketeers were found to be involved in arranging for Beneficiary candidates and Solvers. The pairing of respective Solvers and Beneficiary candidates was being done by the racketeers. It was also alleged that the racketeers thereafter were getting the roll numbers of these Solvers-Beneficiary candidates manipulated through Vyapam (Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board) officials, so that the Beneficiary candidate was seated right behind his Solver candidate to enable the Beneficiary to cheat and copy the answers from the Solver candidate. More Info