When the boot’s on the other foot…

Posted: September 14, 2009 in Uncategorized

Why is it that our honourable MPs never protest when the financial burden of this nation is passed on to the tax-payer, but are waving read flags when they have to take a slash in their perks, which we are paying for in the first place?

Most of these guys haven’t done an honest day’s work in their lives and have assets that would make you wonder why the heck you were struggling in a crappy 9 to 5 job from the time you were old enough to get one, just to make ends meet and still pay some silly tax which helps to keep these parasites in power.

Heck, I still pay some cess every month. But the poor are still poor and the children are still malnourished and illiterate. And we are still buying sub-standard equipment for the brave men and women from the armed forces who give up their lives, to protect us, while those who collected the money on their behalf have only become richer.

So instead of lecturing us about the suffering millions, why don’t these ladies and gentleman, who sit in the House of the People, walk the talk?

We do know that MPs are allowed 40 Business Class travel tickets with spouse or P.A every year. For a start, why don’t they also fly less and use the Rajdhani more? They are also entitled to 1,70,000 free phone calls per year. Why don’t they halve that? And while they’re at it, why not take a slash in their petrol allowances too? How about a car pool? After all, they keep telling us to do it, so why don’t they lead by example?

The other day on Times Now, I was watching the reaction of our MPs when asked to fly business class. The excuse of one particular gentleman – from the Communist party, mind you – was that he would give up those privileges only if the Centre implemented austerity measures that applied to all the Cabinet ministers. When the Anchor told him he was spending the tax-payer’s money he replied that he knew that, but wasn’t giving it up! All men are born equal, but some are more equal than others, eh comrade?

Here’s some information that should make you ponder. To keep an MP with no qualifications it costs us (and I mean the tax-payer) Rs 2.66 lakh/month; For 5 years it is Rs 1,60,00,000 and for 534 MPs, the expense for 5 years is 8,54,40,00,000 (nearly 855 crores). That’s a lot of money to maintain (in numerous cases) an angootha chaap to look after one’s national interests!

  1. Nilesh Sane says:

    The absurdity of the situation is that there are more pressing issues in this country than counting the air miles of the frequent flyer status of the ministers. Somehow, we always loose focus of the situation, even as a nation.A well written post though.

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