The government is taking various steps to fight against COVID-19. Now, civil society organizations will also fund the COVID-19 fight. Contribution of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and other Election Commissioners (ECs) is also highly appreciable. They have voluntarily opted for a 30% salary cut. They get a similar salary to that of a Supreme Court judge. The judges of SC draw a monthly salary of INR 2.50 lacs, besides other benefits.
CEC Sunil Arora and fellow commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra volunteer for a 30% cut in their basic salaries. They initiated the step for one year to fund fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Recently, Union Ministers and MPs of all sates agreed for a 30% salary cut. However, the allowances of MPs remain the same. According to them, the rising coronavirus cases in the country have become a matter of concern now. Immediate steps need to be taken to minimize its impact on public health and the economy of the country.
Last week, PM Modi announced that President, Vice President, and Prime Minister would take a 30% salary cut to fight COVID-19. The decision applied to all members of parliament as well. The funds will pool into the consolidated fund of India.
The Delhi government also suspended Area Development Scheme funds of all members of parliament. Under this scheme, each elected MP gets INR 5 crore annually for development work. However, now the fund utilization will be in the fight against COVID-19.
The silent killer has claimed 308 lives and infected more than 10,000 people across the country so far.