Varun Gandhi Calls For 'Economically Advantaged' MPs To Forego Salaries

| January 28 , 2018 , 17:30 IST

To reinforce the faith of the public in their representatives, BJP MP Varun Gandhi has urged Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to intiate a 'movement' to encourage economically advantaged members of the Lok Sabha to forego their remunerations for the remaining Lok Sabha term.

"A voluntary exercise such as this would send a positive message across the nation regarding the level of sensitivity we possess as elected representatives," Gandhi wrote in the letter addressed to Mahajan.

"India's inequality gap is widening further every day. A growing divide is detrimental to our democracy and we as public representatives must be seen to be more responsive to the socio-economic realities of our country," the letter read.

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Sultanpur MP Varun Gandhi also suggested that an independent statutory body be set up to ascertain the affordability of the move as well as the need to increase financial compensation for the MPs.

In the letter, Gandhi specified that the remuneration of an MP includes a basic salary of Rs 50,000 per month, as well as Rs 45,000 as constituency allowance apart from other allowances, with the government spending approximately Rs 2.7 lakh per month per MP.

Currently, around 449 MPs have assets worth more than Rs 1 crore and 132 Lok Sabha members have declared assets worth more than Rs 10 crore, with the average value of MPs assets in the Lok Sabha being Rs 14.61 crore.   

In the past 10 years, the salaries of parliamentarians have increased by an astounding 400 percent, a rise which is rare even in the profit-driven private sector, Gandhi said.

View Varun Gandhi's full letter below: