Supreme Court to Centre : Clarify the stand on independent panel to fix MP’s salary and allowances

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Union Government to fix the salary and allowances of MPs(Member of Parliament) within a week,which is decided by the lawmakers by themselves at present.A bench of Justices J J Chelameswar and S K Kaul told the Centre that

“What is the government’s view on this?…Whether you want it or when you bring it is a different thing”.

The General Secretary of NGO Lok Prahari,SN Shukla said that it has been 11 years since all parties in a meeting convened by the Lok Sabha Speaker had unanimously decided to have a mechanism for fixing the salaries and allowances of the members of Parliament but nothing has moved so far.The NGO highlighted that how a person in his mid-twenties, a one-time MP, was eligible for pension for the rest of his life, and such an expenditure was a drain on the monetory resource.The Bench observed that,“Irrespective of the government in power, this is a matter of concern. How long should it remain pending?” .