Are pensions to elected representatives justified?The parliament members and the members of the assembly are taking pensions. These pensions are governed by the rules framed in the parliament or assembly. These elected members entered politics to do service to society. It is not a job but a voluntary public service. In 2010, the pension to the Parliament members is introduced. Are these pensions justified?
The Punjab Chief Minister did a somewhat good thing today. In Punjab, an ex assembly member gets Rs 75000/ month as pension. The members who get elected for more than one term get 66% of the pension for every subsequent term in addition to the first time pension of Rs 75000/. The Punjab Chief Minister canceled all the pensions for the subsequent terms and only Rs 75000/ month irrespective of the number of terms they get elected. Good move indeed but are these pensions justified? In my opinion, they are not justified but should be abolished with immediate effect.