Pak Punjab assembly members earn Rs. 10 million for doing 'nothing'

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Lahore, July 12(ANI): The Pakistan Punjab Assembly members have made more than Rs. 10 million from the public exchequer, for doing 'nothing' in the current session of the province's assembly.

According to the Assembly Rules of Procedure 1997, a member is entitled to get Rs. 2,650 as daily allowance.

This allowance is not given from the day of commencement of the session, rather the clock starts three days prior to this.

The assembly members get this allowance for another three days after the last sitting of the session.

The assembly secretariat also pays this allowance to members on days when the assembly is in session, but not working.

Normally the assembly holds its sittings from Monday to Friday, and Saturday and Sunday are non-working days.

The members are also given a travel allowance, which is paid at a rate of Rs. five per kilometre.

The travel allowance is measured by the distance of the constituency of a member from the assembly building and multiplied by two.

At the moment, the total number of members in the Punjab Assembly is 370.

If calculated, these 370 legislators of the provincial assembly have become 'entitled' to daily allowance for 10 days. Every member has 'earned' Rs 26,500, for which the total amount of 370 members is Rs. 9,844,000, The Daily Times reports.

The travel allowance of all the members is estimated at about Rs 500,000, making the total amount 'earned' by the members above the Rs. 10 million-mark. (ANI)

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