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Pay Commission's recommendations for highest paid bureaucrat should be applicable for Parliamentarians
Several Rajya Sabha members during zero-hour on December 2, 2015 very rightly demanded that salary of Parliamentarians should be one rupee more than that of country's highest paid bureaucrat Union Cabinet Secretary.

But this principle should also be for other allowances, perks, pensions and other privileges available presently to Parliamentarians, which in fact cost much-much more to the nation than salaries paid to the Parliamentarians.

Attending Parliamentary-sessions and meetings of Parliamentary committees is part of duties and responsibilities of Parliamentarians, and as such no extra allowances should be payable to Parliamentarians for the purpose.

Since pension to government-employees has been abolished for recruitments made since the year 2004, there is no logic for continuing with system of pension for law-makers.

Instead of Parliamentarians deciding their own pay, perks, facilities, pensions etc, Pay Commission's recommendations for country's highest paid bureaucrat should be applicable for Parliamentarians as suggested by some Rajya Sabha members in the House on Dec 02.

It was shocking to note that as many as 169 types of privileges including like hair-cutting allowance, shoe-polish allowance etc are available for central government employees.

A scrutiny of all payable allowances should be made to retain minimum possible category of allowances (excluding like of hair-cutting allowance, shoe-polish allowance etc) at time of implementation of recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission.

(Subhash Chandra Agrawal is a noted RTI activist)

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