RTI query reveals anomaly in salary deduction of BJP MLAs
BJP MLAs not following the orders of their own govt: Manoj Rawat
An RTI query has revealed glaring anomalies in deduction of salary of BJP MLAs for Covid-19 fund. The deduction in salary of the MLAs is being done in accordance with the decision taken by the state cabinet in the month of April to deduct 30 per cent of basic salary and allowances (constituency allowance and secretary allowance). An RTI query by the Congress MLA from Kedarnath, Manoj Rawat showed that while a sum of Rs 57,600 is being deducted from the salary of all 11 MLAs of Congress party, only 13 MLAs of BJP out of 58 ( 57 elected, one nominated member of Anglo Indian community) are having deduction of Rs 57,600 from their salaries. Rawat told The Pioneer that 16 MLAs of BJP are having a deduction of Rs 30,000 per month while four MLAs of the ruling party are having a deduction of Rs 12,600 per month. Apart from them there are 13 BJP MLAs who are having a deduction of Rs 9,000 per month.
Launching an attack on the BJP for not following the order of its own government, Rawat said that the BJP’s senior leader and chief spokesman Munna Singh Chauhan who had held a press conference in which he accused the Congress MLAs of not showing interest in contributing for Covid-19 fund is having a deduction of only Rs 30,000 per month as compared to Rs 57,600 of the Congress MLAs. The Congress MLA said that the Vidhan Sabha secretariat didn’t reveal the deduction being made from the salary of chief minister and council of ministers but a sum of Rs 75,000 per month is being deducted from the salary of Leader of Opposition (LoP) Indira Hridayesh who happens to be equivalent to the rank of a cabinet minister.
He further added that instead of taking a unilateral decision on salary cut the state government should have held consultation with the members of the state assembly. “A message should have gone out that all the MLAs of Uttarakhand are united in dealing with the pandemic perpetrated by the Covid-19 but the BJP government of Uttarakhand behaves in an autocratic manner. The government should refrain from doing politics on disaster but what can be said about the government which has failed to get the order of its cabinet followed by its own MLAs,’’ he said.
Sunday, 02 August 2020 | PNS | Dehradun