President, Prime Minister and MPs will take a pay cut to finance government efforts to fight Covid-19

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Monday passed an ordinance to cut members of Parliament's (parliamentary) wages, allowances and pensions by 30 percent for a year and the amount will be used in the fight against it.

The vice president, state governors have also voluntarily decided to take a cut in wages as social responsibility, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said.

In reporting to journalists, the minister said the cabinet passed an ordinance amending the Members of Parliament Wages, Allowances and Pensions Act of 1954, reducing allowances and pensions by 30 percent from April 1, 2020 for a year.

The money will go to the Indian Consolidated Fund, he added.

The Cabinet also approved temporary suspension of MPLAD (Member of Parliament local Area Development) fund scheme during 2020-21 and 2021-22, and the funds will be used for managing health services and the adverse impact of pandemic in the country, he said.