After the Punjab governor gave his assent to a bill limiting multiple pensions to former members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), the AAP government issued a notice on Saturday in this regard, with Prime Minister Bhagwant Mann saying it would pay Rs 100 crores. will save in five years.
The notice implementing ‘One MLA, One Pension’ in Punjab will revolutionize and reform the political system of the country, said Bhagwant Mann.
“It is a modest initiative by the AAP government to realize the dreams of our freedom fighters and national heroes,” he said.
The Punjab Assembly had passed the Punjab State Legislature Members (Pension and Medical Facilities Regulation) Amendment Act, 2022 on June 30. It aims to provide pensions to the members of the State Assembly for a single term at a new rate of Rs 60,000 per annum. month plus redundancy pay.
“I am very pleased to inform Punjabis that the Governor has given his assent to the ‘One MLA, One Pension’ Act. The government has given notice,” Bhagwant Mann said in a tweet on Saturday.
The state government is expected to save about Rs 19.53 crore annually from the move, he added.
With this notice, Punjab Finance Minister Harpal Cheema said there will now be no more “free ke revdi” (freebies) for leaders.
“No more ‘Free ki Revdi’ for Netas! As Punjab reeled from extreme financial hardship, MLAs enjoyed multiple pensions under previous governments. Under the leadership of CM @BhagwantMann, this is coming to an end,” Harpal Cheema said in a tweet.
Later, in a statement released here, Bhagwant Mann said: “Our great freedom fighters had dreamed of a classless democracy where elected representatives will act as the true servants of people and ensure their well-being.
“But over the past 75 years, these elected representatives have turned into political leaders by raising extravagant salaries and pensions from the state treasury,” he said.
Bhagwant Mann said the entire burden of the facility granted to these leaders was borne by taxpayers’ money.
“Their money was being misused to fill the pockets of these leaders rather than being used for the common good,” he said.
Bhagwant Mann said MLAs entered politics to serve people, so they have no moral responsibility to claim multiple pensions in return for this service.
“The government of Punjab is expected to save about Rs 100 crore during her current tenure with this landmark initiative,” added Bhagwant Mann.
AAP MP Raghav Chadha praised the move of the Bhagwant Mann government.
“Previous Punjab governments with rogue interests have drained the government coffers and filled their own pockets by exploiting ‘One MLA Multiple Pensions’. Losing elections would lead to gains for ex-MLAs! Today Bhagwant Mann Govt introduced ‘One MLA’ One Pension’ and saved millions of rupees from the Treasury,” Raghav Chadha said in a tweet
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