New Delhi | Jagran News desk: Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill that seeks to reduce the salaries of parliamentarians by 30 per cent for a period of one year. The Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was introduced in the Lower House on Monday  "to meet the exigencies arising out of COVID-19 pandemic". It will replace the Salary, Allowances And Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020. The ordinance was cleared by the Cabinet on April 6 and promulgated the next day.

Reacting to the passage of the bill, Amravati MP Navneet Ravi Rana said he is willing to give up his (MPs) salary, but urged the government to not cut MPLADS funds (Members of Parliament Local Area Development) meant for development works.  Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury also urged the government to restore MPLADS fund at earliest. "I am fervently appealing that the MPLADS funds should be restored as soon as possible, he said in the Lok Sabha.

Meanwhile, discussions are underway in the lower house over the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Bill amends the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. Three ordinances were promulgated in the agricultural sector earlier this year, of which the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020, was one. This ordinance seeks to bring changes into list of essential items whose prices are regulated by the government.

Earlier today, Congress MPs staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha demanding discussion on India-China standoff near LAC, after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's address. 

"I want to assure the House that the morale of our armed forces is high. No one should doubt it. PM's visit to Ladakh sent a message that people of India stand behind Indian armed forces,”  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha.

Posted By: Rakesh Kumar Jha