Ordinance passed to cut salaries of MPs, ministers by 30% to fund Covid-19 battle

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday cleared an ordinance to slash salaries of parliamentarians and ministers by 30 per cent for one year to fund the battle against coronavirus disease.

Union information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters that President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and governors had also offered to take the 30 percent cut in salaries.

The decision came hours after PM Modi told BJP workers to prepare for a long haul. The country and its people can’t afford to get tired or rest in this long war, he said.

“This is a landmark decision that sends the right signals,” Javadekar told reporters.

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