Ex-MLC Girish Gandhi donates pension to CM fund

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Nagpur, May 25: Girish Gandhi, a former member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC), has decided to donate the pension payable to him as an ex-legislator to the Chief Minister's relief fund.

Mr Gandhi, whose term in the Upper House ended recently, expressed his desire to do so in a letter to Legislative Council Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh.

In the letter, copies of which were released to the Press here, Mr Gandhi said that he had decided to donate his pension to the CM's relief fund because he basically did not agree with the concept of ''accepting money without doing any work''.

''There are still people who have no social security because of financial difficulties,'' he said.

''I do not want to get into the debate about whether former legislators should accept pension. Therefore, I do not want to comment further on the issue,'' Mr Gandhi, who belongs to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), said in the letter.

Mr Deshmukh has replied to Mr Gandhi saying his decision was befitting of a social worker.

Mr Gandhi's term in the Upper House ended on February 20 last, but he was not re-nominated. Mr Gandhi had been nominated to the House in place of Jogendra Kawade (RPI), who tendered his resignation in December 2006 in the middle of his term as a mark of protest over the killing of four members of a Dalit family in Khairlanji in Bhandara district of Vidarbha.

Incidentally, Mr Gandhi was president of the city unit of the NCP, but resigned from the post last month.


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