'External body needed to decide MPs' salaries'
Vadodara: BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Monday suggested an "external body" to decide the salary and allowances of MPs which, he claimed, were raised 400 per cent in the last six years, and questioned whether "we really earned this massive increment".
He said the authority to determine one's own salary was not in line with the morals of democracy. Speaking at an interactive programme titled "Ideas for a new India" with students of the Navrachna University here, he said the rise in emoluments of MPs was happening despite the number of days when Parliament ran going down. "The MPs' salaries were increased 400 per cent in six years, but Parliament runs only for 50 days a year compared to 130 days during 1952-72. Have we really earned this massive increment," the MP from UP's Sultanpur said.