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SALARY AND DAILY ALLOWANCE
CONSTITUENCY ALLOWANCE
OFFICE EXPENSE ALLOWANCE
TRAVELLING ALLOWANCE / TRAVEL FACILITIES
AIR TRAVEL FACILITY
RAIL TRAVEL FACILITIES
ACCOMMODATION
TELEPHONE FACILITIES
MEDICAL FACILITIES
ADVANCE FOR PURCHASE OF CONVEYANCE

SALARY AND DAILY ALLOWANCE

With the commencement of Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Act, 2010, the amount of salary has been increased from rupees sixteen thousand to rupees fifty thousand per mensem with effect from 18th May, 2009.

The amount of daily allowance has been increased from rupees one thousand to rupees two thousand for each day of residence on duty at a place where a session of a House of Parliament or a sitting of a Committee thereof is held.

No member shall be entitled to the aforesaid allowance unless he signs the register maintained for this purpose by the Secretariat of the House of the People or, as the case may be, Council of States on all the days (except intervening holidays for which no such signing is required) of the session of the House for which the allowance is claimed.

A member is also entitled to daily allowance for a period of such residence, not exceeding three days immediately preceding or succeeding the session of the House and not exceeding two days preceding or succeeding the sitting of a Committee, or for the purpose of attending to any other business connected with his/her duties as a Member of Parliament.

CONSTITUENCY ALLOWANCE

A member is entitled to receive the constituency allowance at the rate of rupees forty-five thousand per mensem.

OFFICE EXPENSE ALLOWANCE

Every member is entitled to office expense allowance at the rate of rupees forty-five thousand per mensem out of which rupees fifteen thousand is for meeting expenses of stationery items and postage; and upto rupees thirty thousand is paid by the Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha Secretariats to the person(s) as may be engaged by a member for obtaining secretarial assistance, provided that one such person must be computer literate as certified by the Member himself.

TRAVELLING ALLOWANCE/TRAVEL FACILITIES

(i) Forward Journey
For attending a Parliament Session or meeting of a Parliamentary Committee or for the purpose of attending any other business connected with his duties as a member from his usual place of residence to the place of duty, a member is entitled to:

By Rail One free non-transferable First class AC or Executive class of any train pass and one First class and one Second class fare.

By Air
One and one-fourth air fare of the airlines in which he travels.

By Road
Rs. 16/- per km. The member whose usual place of residence is within the radius of 300 kms. from Delhi is entitled to receive road mileage even if the place is connected by superfast/express/mail train.

The members representing the North-Eastern states are entitled to road mileage form their usual place of residence to the nearest airport even though the places are connected by superfast/express/mail train.

(ii) Return Journey
After attending a Session, Committee meeting or any other business connected with his duties as such member from the place of duty to the usual place of residence same as cited in the case of forward journey.

AIR TRAVEL FACILITY

A Member is entitled to avail himself of 34 single air journeys during a year with his/her spouse or any number of companions or relatives. The spouse/companion can travel alone eight times in a year to meet the member. Any journey performed by the spouse, companions or relatives shall be added in computing the ceiling of 34 air journeys.

The balance of unused air journeys for a year shall be carried over to the following year. In case a member performs more than 34 air journeys in a year, he is allowed to adjust not exceeding 8 air journeys available for the next year.

RAIL TRAVEL FACILITIES

(a) A member, on the strength of his Identity Card, is entitled to travel at any time by any railway in India in first class air-conditioned or executive class. The Identity Card issued to the member is non-transferable.

(b) The Identity Card also entitles him/her to be accompanied by one person in air-conditioned two tier, when he travels by rail.

The spouse of every member is entitled to travel-
(i) One free non-transferable railway pass to travel in first class air conditioned or executive class in any train, and if travelled by air, an amount equal to the air fare, from the usual place of residence of a member to Delhi and back during Parliament session subject to 8 such journeys in a year.

(ii) The spouse is entitled to travel in first class air conditioned or executive class in all the trains with the member from any place in India to any other place in India. A member having no spouse is entitled to accompany with any other person in lieu of spouse in any train in first class air conditioned or executive class from any place in India to any other place in India in addition to the facility already available to him in respect of one companion in AC-II tier.

Accommodation

In order to meet adequately the needs of members for residential accommodation a separate pool of residences for members has been established and allotment of residences to members from this pool is made by the Accommodation Sub-Committee of the House Committee, Lok Sabha. Arrangements for accommodation are made according to the criteria laid down by the House Committee.

Each member is entitled to a licence-fee free flat or hostel accommodation throughout his term of office. Where a member is allotted a housing accommodation in the form of a bungalow at his request, he shall pay full normal licence fee, if he is entitled to such accommodation.

Every member is entitled without payment of charges to the supply of water upto 4000 kl per annum and electricity upto 50,000 units (25,000 units measures on light meter and 25,000 units on power meter or pooled together) per annum beginning from 1st of January every year in respect of residence allotted to him in Delhi. The above facilities are also extended to a member residing in a private accommodation in Delhi. The unutilized units of electricity and water in kilolitres are carried over to subsequent years and any excess consumption of electricity and water units in a particular are adjusted from the units of electricity and water in kilolitres available to him for the next year.

Other facilities enjoyed by members include washing of sofa covers and curtains every three months; furniture within the monetary ceiling of Rs.60,000 in respect of durable furniture and Rs.15,000 for non-durable furniture; and also 25 per cent remission in the rents on account of any improvement or addition made to it or any additional service provided thereto by way of furniture, electrical equipment and other services.

TELEPHONE FACILITIES

A member is entitled to have three telephones without payment of installation and rental charges, out of which at least one telephone should be installed at his residence or office in Delhi and one at his usual place of residence or a place selected by him in his constituency or the State in which he resides; the third telephone can be installed at either of the aforesaid place. 50,000 local calls during a year are free to him/her during a year on each of the three telephones. However, Chairman of a Parliamentary Committee is exempted from payment of any charges for local calls made from any one telephone installed at his residence in Delhi/New Delhi.

These 50,000 free local calls can be clubbed together which comes to 1,50,000 local calls in a year. A member may use any number of telephones for availing the aforesaid 1,50,000 free local calls subject to the condition that the telephones are in the name of member and the installation and rental charges of additional telephones are borne by the member himself.

Every member is also entitled to one mobile phone connection of MTNL and another mobile phone connection of MTNL/BSNL or any private mobile operator, in case MTNL/BSNL services are not available, with national roaming facility for utilization in the constituency and the calls made from these mobile phones are adjusted from the above-mentioned 1,50,000 free local calls available to him/her on three telephones. However, the registration and rental charges for private mobile connection are borne by the member himself.

The excess calls made by a member are adjustable from the free local calls available to him on three telephones for the next year. Likewise, the unutilized calls of a year are carried over to the subsequent years till the seat of a member becomes vacant.

A member is also entitled to avail broadband facility from MTNL/BSNL on any one of the above-cited three telephones subject to the condition that only upto Rs.1,500/- per month are paid by the Government towards the charges of this facility directly to MTNL/BSNL.

MEDICAL FACILITIES

Under the Central Government Health Scheme as extended to members, a member and his/her family are entitled to free medical treatment on a monthly contribution of Rs. 500. Dispensaries for providing treatment mainly to members exist in the North Avenue, South Avenue, Telegraph Lane, Pandara Road, Dr. Zakir Hussain Road, Constitution Club and First Aid Post in V.P. House. A First Aid Post in Parliament House and a Medical Centre in Parliament House Annexe are also functioning for rendering medical aid to members in cases of emergency or sudden illness.

ADVANCE FOR THE PURCHASE OF CONVEYANCE

Any member can invite the Speaker‟s immediate attention to any instance of a breach of rule of the House, by raising a point of order. A point of order should relate to the interpretation or enforcement of the Rules of Procedure or conventions or such articles of the Constitution as regulate the business of the House and must raise a question which is within the cognizance of the Speaker. It can be raised only in relation to the business before the House at a particular moment. A point of order is not a point of privilege and it is not permissible for a member to raise a point of order to ask for information or to explain his position. A point of order cannot be raised against the decision of the Speaker in regard to the admissibility of notices. No debate shall be allowed on a point of order,

Matter 377

A member who wishes to bring to the notice of the House a matter which is not a point of order, shall give notice in writing to the Secretary-General specifying clearly and precisely the text of the matter to be raised. The member shall be permitted to raise it only after the Speaker has given the consent and at

such time and date as the Speaker may fix.

No member shall raise more than one matter during a week.

Discussion under Rule 184

Rule 184 of the Rules of Procedure provides that “Save insofar as is otherwise provided in the Constitution or in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha, no discussion on a matter of general public interest shall take place in the House except on a motion made with the consent of the Speaker.”

Motions for raising discussion on matters of general public interest are usually tabled in two forms. In the first case, the House takes note of a document laid on the Table, while under the second, the position regarding a specific matter is taken into consideration by the House.

The first form is generally used in respect of a motion which seeks to discuss a report or a statement, etc. laid on the Table of the House. The motion in this form is a non-committal substantive motion and is submitted to the vote of the House at the end of the discussion. Such motions are discussed under rule 191 of the Rules of Procedure.

The second form of motion is generally used when a policy or a situation or a statement or any other matter is taken into consideration. Such motions are discussed under Rule 342 of the Rules of Procedure. The motion in this form is not submitted to the vote of the House at the end of the debate. However, if a member moves a substantive motion in substitution of the original motion, the vote of the House is taken thereon.

Government Bills

A Bill is the draft of a legislative proposal. It has to pass through various stages before it becomes an Act of Parliament. The legislative process starts with the introduction of a Bill in either House of Parliament—Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha. A Government Bill can be introduced by a Minister.

It is necessary for a member-in-charge of the Bill to ask for leave to introduce the Bill. If leave is granted by the House, the Bill is introduced. This stage is known as the First Reading of the Bill. If the motion for leave to introduce a Bill is opposed, the Speaker may, in his discretion, allow brief explanatory statement to be made by the member who opposes the motion and the member-in-charge who moved the motion. Where a motion for leave to introduce a Bill is opposed on the ground that the Bill initiates legislation outside the legislative competence of the House, the Speaker may permit a full discussion thereon. Thereafter, the question is put to the vote of the House. However, the motion for leave to introduce a Finance Bill or an Appropriation Bill is forthwith put to the vote of the House.

Private Member Bills

“In Lok Sabha, the last two and a half hours of a sitting on every Friday are generally allotted for transaction of “Private Members’ Business”, i.e., Private Members’ Bills and Private Members’ Resolutions. Every member of Parliament, who is not a Minister, is called a Private Member.

 If there is no sitting of the House on a Friday, the Speaker may direct that two and a half hours on any other day in the week may be allotted for the transaction of Private Members’ Business.

 Business relating to Bills and Resolutions is transacted on alternate Fridays starting with Bills on the first Friday of the session and Resolutions on the next Friday and so on. Private Members’ Business set down for the day allotted for that class of business and not disposed of on that day,is not set down for any subsequent day unless it has gained priority at the ballot with reference to that day. Business which was, however, under discussion at the end of that day has precedence over all other business set down for the next allotted day.

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