NDA MPs To Forego Salary For 23 'Wasted' Days Of Parliament Budget Session

| April 5 , 2018 , 07:58 IST

For the first time in recent decades, ruling NDA lawmakers will be giving up their salaries and other allowances for the 23 days of the second half of the Budget Session of Parliament 2018 that the Parliament did not function, due to extensive protests and repeated adjournment motions.

Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar announced the foregoing of salaries on Wednesday during a media briefing as the government faces a washed-out session of Parliament.

"This money is given to serve the people and if we are not able to do, so we have no right to take the people's money," Anant Kumar said.

In the past, there have been calls to introduce a principle of "no work, no pay" for lawmakers, however, no official provision has been made for lawmakers to forego their salaries.

Kumar blamed the Opposition and Congress for the washed out Parliament session.

"The Congress is engaging in anti-democratic politics by stopping important bills from being passed leading to criminal wastage of taxpayers' money," the Union Minister said.

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Leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad hit back, saying that apart from passing Bills, parliamentarians are also responsible to raise issues concerning the general public.

"While we are responsible for the passage of the Bills, at the same time, we are also responsible - and, we have been mandated so -- to raise the issues that are concerning the millions and millions of people of India," Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

The Opposition pointed out that parties such as the AIADMK which are known to be friendly to the NDA alliance also disrupted parliament proceedings in an attempt to delay the pending 'no-confidence' motion against the government pushed by Opposition parties.

The second half of the Budget Session of Parliament, witnessed protests by Andhra Pradesh lawmakers demanding Special Category Status for the state, AIADMK protests for setting up a Cauvery water management board as well as protests against the absconding Nirav Modi.