Shillong: During the first day of the re-assembled Budget Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, senior Congress MLA Charles Pyngrope has suggested a 50 per cent salary cut from all 60 MLAs to help the state fight against the COVID-19 crisis.

Taking part in the budget discussion Pyngrope said that only Rs 6000 was deducted from the salary of the MLAs which could have cost only 10%. “Therefore, I would like to say why not reconsider the decision of deducting 50 per cent salary of the MLAs,” stated Pyngrope.

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“Under present circumstances, it would be in the fitness of things if as MLAs we all agree to deduct 50 per cent of our salary so that the state’s coffers can at least be contributed,” said Pyngrope.

Stressing upon how the pandemic had caught everyone unawares and unprepared, Pyngrope said that in the process, a slew of measures was taken by the government to ensure the fiscal stability.

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“We all know the overall health of the government of the state depends entirely on its fiscal health. Like we had resorted to increasing the cost of IMFL and other measures to augment the fiscal health so that the unaccounted for expenditure could be met without having to dig from other resources,” said Pyngrope.

He urged the government to restore the salary of grade B, C and D employees since most of the employees have taken housing, personal, medical, and education loans.

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