Chandigarh, Apr 8: Manish Tewari, MP from Shri Anandpur Sahib, has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that suspension of MPLAD funds was unjust and there were other means and ways to fight COVID-19.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Tewari has said on Wednesday that he can understand the reason for the 30 per cent reduction in the salary of MPs, but it seems an injustice to suspend the MP fund for two years. “This seems to be an ill-judged decision, which was bound to get a backlash. Just as the four-hour notice for lockdown has put the poor, backward, needy people in trouble and the results are in front of everyone,” he said. In such a situation, the expenses incurred in fighting COVID -19 can also be considered, he said.
The MP said the Finance Minister is not realising that the situation has changed and a dramatic change is needed in the government's favour. He asked, “Was the government acting excessively or did it hide something from Parliament and the people of the country? Is there any need to panic?” He suggested that priorities can be changed. For example, the money can be spent fighting COVID-19 by avoiding the plan to redevelop the Central Vista on Rajpath at a huge cost of Rs 20,000 crore, he observed.
In addition, a committee can be formed to identify or rationalise the areas associated with government spending and MPLAD should be touched the last, the MP said. He stressed that the MP Fund is like a readily available tool for solving problems on a small scale when needed by public representatives. It is very important to help the needy sections of the society. In such a situation, he appealed to the Prime Minister to reconsider the decision to suspend MPLAD for two years. This will not help the battle against Covid-19, but will, in fact, end up harming the battle, he concluded. (UNI)