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'One MLA, One Pension' scheme notified, will save Rs 100 cr: Punjab CM Mann

"It is a humble initiative by the AAP government to realise the dreams of our freedom fighters and national heroes," he said.

Bhagwant Mann | Pensions | Punjab

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Bhagwant Mann
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann

After the governor gave his assent to a bill limiting multiple to former MLAs, the government on Saturday issued a notification in this regard with Chief Minister saying it will save Rs 100 crores in five years.

The notification implementing 'One MLA, One Pension' in will revolutionise and reform the country's political system, Mann said.

"It is a humble initiative by the government to realise the dreams of our freedom fighters and heroes," he said.

The Assembly had passed the Punjab State Legislature Members (Pension and Medical Facilities Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2022 on June 30. It is aimed at giving pension to the members of the state assembly for a single term only at new rate of Rs 60,000 per month plus dearness allowance.

"I am very happy to inform Punjabis that the Governor has given his assent to 'One MLA, One Pension' bill. The government has issued a notification," Mann said in a tweet on Saturday.

The state government is expected to save around Rs 19.53 crore annually through the move, he added.

With this notification, Punjab Finance Minister Harpal Cheema said now there will be no more "free ke revdi" (freebies) to leaders.

"No more 'Free ki Revdi' to Netas! When Punjab was reeling from extreme financial distress, MLA's under the previous govts were enjoying multiple . Under the leadership of CM @BhagwantMann this comes to an end, said Cheema in a tweet.

Later, in a statement issued here, Mann said, Our great freedom fighters had dreamt of a classless democracy where elected representatives will work as the real servants of people and ensure their well-being.

"But in the last 75 years these elected representatives have turned into political executives by drawing extravagant salaries and from the state exchequer," he said.

Mann said the entire burden of the facility extended to these leaders was met by taxpayers' money.

"Their money was misused to fill the pockets of these leaders instead of being used for public welfare, he stated.

Mann said MLAs have entered politics willingly to serve people, so they have no moral responsibility to claim multiple pensions in exchange for this service.

The Punjab government is expected to save around Rs 100 crore during its current tenure with this historic initiative, added Mann.

MP Raghav Chadha lauded the Mann government's move.

"Previous Punjab Govts with malafide interests drained Govt treasury & filled their own pockets by exploiting 'One MLA Multiple Pensions'. Losing elections would lead to profits for ex-MLAs! Today Mann Govt introduced 'One MLA One Pension' saving crores of rupees of the exchequer, said Chadha in a tweet.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Sun, August 14 2022. 00:17 IST