SC: Parliamentarians fixing their own salaries ‘ethical’ and ‘moral’ issue

SC: Parliamentarians fixing their own salaries ‘ethical’ and ‘moral’ issue
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said parliamentarians determining their salary and perks themselves was a “moral” and “ethical issue” and sought data on how much amount was spent on pension and other facilities provided to former lawmakers.
The apex court observed this while hearing a petition which has raised several questions, including how MPs could themselves determine their salaries and also sought scrapping of pension.
Attorney General KK Venugopal told a Bench that the Finance Bill-2018 contained provisions regarding revision of allowances every five years starting April 1, 2023, on the basis of cost inflation index. On setting up of an independent mechanism for determination of salaries and allowances of the MPs, he said elaborate procedures were already being followed for fixing the salary.