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New mechanism to review MPs salary: Dasmunsi

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Aug 25: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi today said that a permanent mechanism would be put in place for reviewing periodically the salary and allowances of the Members of Parliament.

''A Bill to this effect would be introduced in the Winer Session of Parliament,'' he said briefing mediapersons here on conclusion of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

Mr Dasmunshi complimented Union Minister of State for Home Manik Rao Gavit, who was also present at the press briefing, for his ''exemplary performance'' in not participating in the proceedings of the House until he was given a clean chit by the CBI.

Mr Gavit was alleged to have nexus with a mafia don and was shown to have been talking to the jailed mafia don on telephone by a TV channel regarding settlement of a land deal of his son-in-law.

''This example set by Mr Gavit should also be followed by others in a similar situation,'' Mr Dasmunsi said.

Terming the Monsoon Session of Parliament as ''fruitful'' with many important Bills passed, he, however, noted that the House could not trasact some business -- the Essential Commodities Bill could not be introduced, but it would be brought in the next Session.

''The Factories Amendment Bill could not be moved as several amendments had to incorporated moved and time did not permit us to do so. Besides, the outgoing Labour Minister had written that the Bill be taken up in the next session,'' he said.

A discussion on the Justice Pathak Authority Report also could not take place in full because of frequent adjourments of the House, the Minister said, adding that discussion would be resumed in the next session.


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