Bill to cut MPs’ salaries for a year among 23 on agenda
A Bill to cut MPs’ salaries by 30 percent for a year commencing April 1, 2020, to meet Covid exigencies and another to punish assault on Covid warriors with a jail term are among 23 legislations listed for the monsoon session of Parliament starting on September 14.
The Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020, will replace an earlier ordinance. It seeks to reduce the salary of MPs by 30 percent. A second key Bill will replace the Epidemic Diseases Amendment Ordinance which provides preventive measures against violence on healthcare personnel and damage of property.
Aggressors will be liable to a jail term of three months to seven years plus fine ranging between Rs 50,000 and Rs 5 lakh. The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Bill, also replacing an ordinance, will address the challenges faced by taxpayers due to the Covid outbreak.
Two controversial Bills include the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, to provide an ecosystem wherein farmers/traders can pick markets for sale and purchase. The second is the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Prices Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020. It provides for a national framework on farming agreements to empower farmers to engage with agro-business firms.
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, seeks to empower the Centre to control production, supply, distribution, trade and commerce in certain commodities. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today underwent the Covid test, which is mandatory for MPs attending the session. Parliament staff and security too will undergo the test.