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Former M’laya Speaker suggests 50% salary cut from legislators

Correspondent Shillong, May 20 | Publish Date: 5/20/2020 9:55:47 AM IST
Former Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Charles Pyngrope on Wednesday suggested the Assembly a 50 percent salary cut from all 60 legislators in dealing with COVID-19 pandemic.
“The 10 per cent salary cut for MLAs was not much, as only Rs 6000 was deducted from my pay. It would be in the fitness of things that salary of all legislators is cut by 50 percent,” the opposition Congress legislator said initiating a budget discussion on the first day of the reassembled budget session of the Assembly.
Lauding the government’s initiative to deduct 50 percent of the salaries of the ministers and Grade 1 officers to ensure that the State have sufficient funds to tackle the pandemic, Pyngrope urged the government to restore salary of grade B, C and D employees since most of these employees have taken housing, personal, medical, and education loans.
 “Now if their (salary of grade B, C and D employees) is deducted by the banks, they have nothing left to put food on the table,” he said, urging the members of the House to allow us (legislators) to contribute 50 percent of our salary and restore back the percentage deducted from salary of grade B, C and D employees.
Stating that the pandemic has caught everyone unaware and unprepared, Pyngrope suggested the government to constitute an economic development board to help the state look into avenues for generating the deficit.

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