Nation at 9: MP's expenses keep adding up

| Saturday, December 26, 2015 - 23:25
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Our parliament is a hallowed house where the business of governance is supposed to take place; bills are passed, laws are made and amended. The elected representatives work hard and make sure that the trust that millions of Indians have put in the government will be repaid in full by making this country stronger, safer making the lives of Indians better.

The India of our dreams is a fantastical creation which is completely divorced from the reality of the current Indian parliament. The reality is: 55 hours of the winter session wasted due to disruptions, the monsoon session completely washed out, more than 35 bills left untouched and the only major bill that was passed was the JJ Amendment Act, which happened only after Nirbhaya's parents, the civil society and the media almost shamed the parliamentarians into passing.

This issue is being raised because our MP's have demanded a 100% pay hike. And that’s not all. In the midst of all the non-performance of our MPs, we learn through an RTI that 135 crore rupees were spend on MP's travel expenses alone in the last 8 months. Don’t forget that MPs get free travel: first class, multiple allowances, plush living quarters and amenities like free water, free electricity, etc.

Tonight, when we speak to our guests, they will come up with all kinds of arguments to make it seem like it’s not a big deal that the MPs have demanded a hike.

Our MPs hiked their salaries in 2010, three fold. Why do they need more in 2015? Especially when the majority of the country does not think they are doing anything to deserve it? 

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