RTI reply: Haryana govt spends Rs 29.51 crore annually on pension of 275 ex-MLAs
New Delhi: The Haryana government has to pay ₹29.51 crore every year on the monthly and family pension of 275 former MPs and their family members in the state.
According to information provided by the Officer-cum-Superintendent of the Haryana Legislative Assembly in response to an application filed by Panipat-based activist PP Kapoor under the Right to Information Act, 2005, there are several politicians in the state who are withdrawing pension. Five to seven terms.
As per the list, senior Congress leader and seven-time MLA Captain Ajay Singh Yadav is receiving the highest pension of ₹ 2.38 lakh per month, followed by former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala at ₹ 2.22 lakh. Even Jasma Devi, widow of former chief minister late Bhajan Lal, is getting a family pension of Rs 99,619, apart from being a former MLA, Rs 61,800.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala is getting a monthly pension of ₹1.68 lakh, his mother Vidya Surejewala, wife of former Congress MLA late Shamsher Surjewala, is also getting a family pension of ₹87,975, the RTI response said.
Savitri Jindal, who is among the top richest women in the country and mother of Indian billionaire industrialist and Congress leader Naveen Jindal, is getting a monthly pension of ₹90,600 per month from the state assembly, disclosed information.
“The government is spending ₹26.40 crore on pension of 147 former MLAs and ₹3.11 crore on family pension of 128 MPs, while the existing monthly pension for one term has been fixed at ₹51,800 in addition to the monthly allowance of ₹10,000,” the response Found out from
The state government has given house building car advances of Rs 32 crore to 68 former and sitting MPs between 2010 and 2021 and Rs 20.83 crore till January this year.
This also includes pending recovery of ₹9.96 crore given to MPs from 2004 to 2021. Sitting BJP MP from Kurukshetra, Nayab Saini, had taken an advance of ₹60 lakh as an MLA in 2018, and ₹47.20 lakh is outstanding as of January. This year, it further said.
Being the largest number of MLAs, the biggest benefit of pension goes to the Chautala family. Apart from this, OP Chatuala is getting a pension of ₹2.22 lakh, his elder son Ajay Chautala is also getting a pension of ₹61,800.
But in future, Chautala’s younger son Abhay Chautala, Ajay Chautala’s wife Naina Chautala and his grandson and deputy CM Dushyant Chautala will be the new beneficiaries in the list of pension plans in the future.
Similarly, the family of former CM Late Bhajan Lal is also getting a total of Rs 4.14 lakh every month, apart from Lal’s younger son Kuldeep Bishnoi, who is getting the benefits of sitting MLA and pension benefits of being a former MP.
Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij had taken a house building advance of ₹36.50 lakh in 2013 and ₹9.64 lakh is still outstanding and former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda had taken a car advance of ₹20 lakh in 2016, out of which ₹7.60 lakh is outstanding. Is.
The huge amount spent on pension benefits to elected politicians and their families has sparked debate, with the newly formed Aam Aadmi Party-led government in Punjab implementing ‘One Term, One-Pension’ for MLAs recently.
Kapoor said the state government had stopped distribution of mustard oil to 11.4 lakh poor families under the Public Distribution Scheme as mustard oil prices had gone up, but there has been no cut in the pension being given to MPs. Haryana also has ‘One Term, One Pension’
Kamal Anand, a senior advocate and activist from Punjab said, “Most politicians call politics as service to the people, but why do they charge such a huge amount and profit for this service. Undoubtedly, the Punjab government’s ‘One Term, One Pension’ move is being appreciated and now MPs from other states should also set an example by deciding to do away with monthly pension.”
When politicians were contacted for comments, they declined to respond and described the exposure as “the agenda of a political party that recently decided to give just one pension to all MPs, each served by them.” Do away with the practice of receiving benefits for the period”. ,
A Congress leader from Haryana said, “Everyone is appreciating this move of the Punjab government, but we should also ask them about the increase in salary and allowances given to the MLAs of Delhi.”