The Union Cabinet Monday gave its nod to the temporary suspension of MPLADS fund for two fiscals in order to manage the health and impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The Cabinet, held via video conferencing, okayed reduction in the allowances, pension of MPs by 30 percent for one year to fight the deadly virus. Prime Minister, President, Vice President, and Governors too have decided to take a pay cut. The total amount would go to the Consolidated Fund of India.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the cabinet approved an ordinance amending the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 reducing allowances and pension by 30 percent from April 1 2020 for one year.
Besides Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah were present at the prime minister's official residence along with some senior officials while other members of the Cabinet were connected via a video link from their offices and residences.