New Delhi, March 24: Giving an indirect message to the head court not to interfere into the domain of lawmaker, the government took a strong allowance to the Supreme Court's observation on pension for MPs, saying it was the soul right of Parliament to decide on this issues.
According to Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister Parliament has the alone right to decide who is entitled to pensions and what the quantum of pensions is.
"I think every member of the House agrees that the right of the House is sacrosanct. Parliament has every right to decide about salaries and allowances of the MPs," said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar.
Jaitley said, “It is the exclusive domain of Parliament to decide who is entitled to government pension and how much” while replying the Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, who sought to know how it had been inferred that most of the former MPs were millionaires. “It is unquestionably a clear constitutional position that public money can only be spent with the authority of Parliament and, therefore, Parliament is the one and only authority that determines how public funds are to be spent. This is an authority of Parliament. No other institution can really exercise that power” he added.
The pension and perks to MPs seemed ‘prima facie’ unreasonable and had sought responses from the Centre and the Election Commission of India on a plea seeking the scrapping of pension and other perks being given to members of Parliament said Supreme Court on Tuesday. A bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar had issued notices to the Secretary General of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on the plea filed by NGO Lok Prahari on the issue.