Friday, 29 January 2010

Those Filthy, Non-Transparent perks

My email has been inundated with messages that contain the following.

"Govt. Concessions for a Member of NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (MNA)

Ø Monthly Salary : Rs. 120,000 to 200,000
Ø Expense for Constitution per month : Rs.100,000

Ø Office expenditure per month : Rs.140,000
Ø Traveling concession (Rs. 8 per km) : Rs.48,000 (For a visit to ISLAMABAD & return): 6000 km
Ø Daily BETA during Assembly meets : Rs.500
Ø Charge for 1st class (A/C) in train : Free (For any number of times all over PAKISTAN )
Ø Charge for Business Class in flights: Free for 40 trips / year (With wife or P.A.)
Ø Rent for Govt.. hostel any where: Free
Ø Electricity costs at home : Free up to 50,000 units
Ø Local phone call charge : Free up to 1,70,000 calls
Ø TOTAL expense for a MNA per year : Rs. 32,000,000
Ø TOTAL expense for 5 years : Rs. 1,60,000,000
Ø For 534 MNA, the expense for 5 years :
Rs. 85 , 440,000,000 (more than 800 Korores)

And they are elected by THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN, through a democratic process of this world, not intruded into the assembly on their own or by any qualification.

This is how all our tax money is been swallowed and price hike on our regular commodities...
Think of the great democracy we have............... "

I cannot swear to the accuracy of these figures. They do however point to a problem that I have been writing about for decades (several past posts and elsewhere) that PERKS ARE AN INEFFICIENT AND NON-TRANSPARENT MEANS OF PAYMENT. As a matter of policy the government should monetize all perks.

I will write more about this soon. But meanwhile digest this wholesale loot of the country through perks and rally against them.