Business in parliament

indianparliament.jpgThe question posed by Hema Malini in the Rajya Sabha regarding tax concession for reverse osmosis water purifiers created immediate controversies. The first time MP who straight away jumped from the movie world into parliament dismissed the uproar against her naïve attitude to ask question about the product which she endorses in the television advertisement as unnecessary reactions against her ignorance of the rules. She is frank to admit her lack of knowledge about the parliamentary procedures. But many MPs follow double standards. Pretend as if they know every thing and perform explicitly against the ethos of the august houses of governance. This is increasing because of the sycophantic approach of the floor managers. Any amount of violation of rules is casually let off due to the lack of understanding by the leaders and their dependence on the faulty MPs for survival.

Parliamentary debates sound a big mockery show because of the raising number of ignorant parliamentarians. Without undergoing the adequate experience and learning, MPs are elected with the backup from religion, caste and other social factors.

Those who are coming from the political and cinema background are often found in the flaunting the rules and regulations of the crucial pillar of the country’s governance. Either the rule enforcing authority like the Speaker or the leaders of various political parties should be intelligent enough to censor those members who violate the rules. But in today’s situation, the speaker is most helpless due to the disrespect shown to him. The only way to correct this malady is to train the leaders enough about the parliamentary norms. Unless they have the spirit to maintain the dignity and decorum of the house, it will be reduced to an assembly of a state or a municipality where sound and fury are common everyday. In the last few years, both the houses of the parliament have seen a worst downfall in its standards. Business men and women are inducted into the committees which are directly related to the commercial interests of the members. Vijaya Mallaya who runs the King Fisher Airlines is in the civil aviation committee. Obviously this will give an edge to him over his rivals who are managing their flights from outside the parliament. Thank fully the government did not induct Hema Mallini into the committee on finance and taxation from which she can directly seek the day to day moves towards her products of endorsement.

A day of parliamentary session costs the country’s exchequer Rs. 2 crores. If the sixth pay commission recommendations are implemented it will eat additionally Rs. 23 crores a year. Cutting across the party lines, eight MPs were suspended from parliament for accepting cash for query. Although the punishment was harsh, the suspended MPs are shameless. Their parties are worst to entertain the tainted parliamentarians.

Monthly Salary : 12,000Expense for Constitution per month : 10,000

Office expenditure per month : 14,000Traveling concession (Rs. 8 per km) : 48,000 (For a visit to Delhi & return: 6000 km)Daily BETA during parliament meets : 500

Charge for 1 class (A/C) in train : Free (For any number of times)
(All over India)

Charge for Business Class in flights : Free for 40 trips / year
(With wife or P.A.)

Rent for MP hostel at Delhi : Free

Electricity costs at home : Free up to 50,000 units

Local phone call charge : Free up to 1,70,000 calls.

TOTAL expense for a MP per year : 32,00,000

TOTAL expense for 5 years : 1,60,00,000

For 534 MPs, the expense for 5 years : 8,54,40,00,000 (nearly 855 cores)

It is high time to checkmate the erring MPs and cleanse the parliamentary system. Unless this is done immediately the poison will spread to the entire body politic and will kill it. With the increasing consumerism, corruption is expected to gallop manifold. To arrest the high speed corrupt practices in parliament it is crucial to evolve a suitable mechanism to frequently identify and punish the culprits. Failure to devise such a method will ruin the most potent pillar of governance beyond repair. As a survived parliamentary democracy for the last six decades it is essential for India to safeguard its crown jewel.

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1 Comment

  1. +00002008-06-30T06:57:58+00:00302008bUTCMon, 30 Jun 2008 06:57:58 +0000 2, 2008 at 7.27 p06

    Not one cent of taxpayer’s money should be ever used in the governments, civil and public servants, expense accounts to buy alcohol, wine or beer


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