New Delhi/April,6 : The salaries of Central ministers and Members of parliament will be slashed by 30 per cent for the coming year in view of the coronavirus outbreak and the expected downturn in economy, the Union cabinet decided today. Making the announcement this evening, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and all state Governors have voluntarily decided to take a 30 per cent salary cut.
The money will go to the country’s consolidated fund, the minister said after the cabinet meeting through video-conference – a first since the coronavirus crisis started.
The Cabinet has also approved the move to suspend the MPLADS Scheme for two years. Rs 7,900 crore from the MPLADS scheme will go to Consolidated Fund of India, Mr Javadekar said.The meeting was held soon after the Prime Minister had addressed the BJP workers, warning them to be prepared for a long battle.