After refusing the Governor’s signature, it will take one to two months to enact the ordinance of one MLA-one pension. The Punjab government will first get the bill passed in the assembly, then the further process will start.
Governor Banwari Lal Purohit has given a jolt to the Punjab government in the one MLA one pension case. He has not stamped the One MLA One Pension ordinance. The Governor, while not signing the ordinance, has advised the government to get the ordinance passed by presenting it in the form of a bill in the assembly session to be held in June.
After the formation of the new government in Punjab, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had taken the decision of one MLA-one pension. Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had approved the issuance of one MLA-one pension ordinance in a cabinet meeting on May 2. After this, an MLA in Punjab was to get a one-time pension.
The government had claimed that this ordinance would save Rs 19.53 crore to the exchequer, but now the payment of pension of former and sitting MLAs will continue till the law is enacted after the governor refused to sign it. Now it will be necessary to get this ordinance passed when the assembly session comes. The government will introduce the ordinance in the assembly and make a law.
May take two months
After refusing the Governor’s signature, it will take one to two months to enact the ordinance of one MLA-one pension. The Punjab government will first get the bill passed in the assembly, then the further process will start. However, after the Governor sent the file back, action has been initiated by the Punjab Government in this matter.
Former Chief Minister Badal is taking highest pension
Former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal is taking maximum pension in Punjab. He gets around Rs 5.75 lakh as pension. However, he has refused pension. Apart from these, there are many such MLAs and former MLAs in the state who are getting more than one pension.