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Benefitting from the Din

That certain bills may be passed in Parliament by voice vote, is probably a long standing tradition.

What is not traditional is the origin of that "voice".

Today, while a din ensued in the house over the Telangana issue , courtesy the Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Telugu Desam Party members, the Left, the BJP, the RJD and Samajwadis added to the chaos, purportedly protesting the way House business was conducted.

Meanwhile, the Home Minister, amidst the din, quietly moved the The Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill 2009, and it was declared passed by "voice vote".

The bill allows free air travel to companions and relatives of ministers, in addition to their family members, and supposedly brings ministers on par with MP's.

Some government employees must still produce taxi fare vouchers to claim taxi fare on government work.


BK Chowla, said...

And one minister went on record to say that it was becoming difficult for him to manage his budget because of MEHNGAI.
May be he doesn't realse that those in his constituency are having bigger problems.
But ,today's netas are not aware of the ground realities.

Vinod_Sharma said...

Whose bright idea was it to start an "austerity" drive in the first place? Perhaps it ws just to clip the wings of a few!

Soon they will vote for themselves more planes. And they will tell us that pooled planes for Parliamentarians are needed for their efficiency and their entourage!

Happy Kitten said...

Isnt there anything the voters can do when the opposition and the ruling party decides to join hands?

nd look at the cooperation!

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