“Session dissolved after few minutes debate turned into a brawl and MPs ended up breaking each other’s jaw!” Sounds witty though but I bet such kind of news headlines are not so bizarre for our Indian readers, after all, it’s a regular thing that gets into the media during the three sessions of our parliament. Is it what these MPs are paid for? Is it the proper utilisation of our national income?
No! It is surely not the proper manner in which the money we pay as a tax should end up like. Many of us don’t know that it takes almost Rs. 2.5 lakh to run the house for 1 minute. The honourary members of the parliament are paid Rs. 50,000 per month as a basic income leaving aside all kind of further allowances they get (we all know how much they get in these side allowances …. free tickets, house, etc.). Also, they are given an allowance of Rs. 2000 when they sign the attendance register just to attend any meeting or discussion.
Now, considering the amount they are paid, the amount of work done in the past years has clearly indicated that causing disruptions and making filthy remarks over each other were the top most priority of the members instead of discussing and passing important bills. If I consider any particular session, the total number of effective days on an average on which work was done were only 15% of the total. The rest were washed out by adjournments and protests. HOW EFFICIENT IT IS!
Coming out to “No Work! No Pay!” policy, I feel it is right and should be implemented in our parliament. If this policy works on all of the other working citizens, it should be implemented on our lawmakers too to ensure less chaos and more productivity. Also, the same policy has been successful in the UK too where if any member of the House of Commons is suspended, his salary is withheld till the suspension period while in India, even suspended MPs are paid their salary. This policy has curbed down chaos greatly in the House of Commons in the UK and is resulting in effective discussions being carried out which is in turn good for any country.
At last, I would like to put some light on a part of the famous statement made by Lord Denning (former judge in the House of Lords) in one of his judgements:
“Wages are to be paid for services rendered, not for producing deliberate chaos.”