Followed by the cabinet meeting held amid the Coronavirus crisis in the country, the Modi-led government dropped shocking news on Monday. Starting from the Prime minister, the salaries of all Central ministers and Members of parliament slashed by 30 per cent for the coming year in view of the coronavirus outbreak, said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.
Reportedly, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and all state Governors have voluntarily come forward to take a 30 per cent salary cut which would come to effect from April 1st. Regarding the same, the Cabinet approved the ordinance to amend the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act of 1954.
Besides deciding upon diverting the slashed money o the country’s consolidated fund, the meeting that took place through video-conference also decided to suspend MPLAD funds for a period of two years. The meeting was called on soon after the Prime Minister addressed the BJP cadre and workers on the occasion of the party’s 40th Foundation Day. This came hours after the Modi and his team sought suggestions from all the state Chief Ministers about a phased lifting of the lockdown.