Salary of an MNA
WRITTEN BY FARUQ KHAN
“God loves those who are humble in their personal life too!”
The Fox New TV (US) asked the Iranian President Ahmedi Najad; “When you look into the mirror in the morning what do you say to yourself”?
He answered: I see the person in the mirror and tell him “Remember, you are no more than a small servant, ahead of you today is the heavy responsibility, and that is to serve the Iranian nation”.
Ahmedi Nijad, the Iranian President astonished many when he first reached to the office of the Presidency by donating all the high valued Iranian carpets to one of the mosques in Tehran by replacing them with low cost ordinary carpets.
He observed that there was a huge extravagant lounge for receiving and welcoming the VIPs and he ordered it to be closed and asked the protocol office to arrange for an ordinary room instead with the wooden chairs.
On many instances he joins the cleaning staff of the municipality for cleaning the streets in the area where his home and the Presidency are located.
Under his authority whenever he appoints any minister to his post he gets a signed document from him with many points, particularly highlighting that he shall remain poor and that his personal and his relatives accounts will be watched and the day he leaves the ministry shall be with dignity, and therefore it is not lawful for him or his relatives to take any advantage of his office.
First of all he himself declared all the “Big” wealth and property he owned. It was a Peugeot 504 car, model 1977, an old small house inherited from his father forty years ago, in one of the poorest zones in Tehran, where he still lives. His accounts had a zero balance and the only money coming into his account was an amount of US$ 250 from his salary from the university as a lecturer. This is all what he owns – the president of one of the world’s most important countries; strategically, economically, politically and with regard to its oil and defense. He even doesn’t draw his salary as president arguing that all the wealth belongs to the nation and he is only a guardian of it.
One of the things that impressed the staff at the presidency is the bag the President brings with him every day, which contains his breakfast; some sandwiches or bread with olive oil and cheese prepared by his wife which he happily eats and enjoys.
He changed his personal carrier “the President’s Aircraft” to a cargo aircraft in order to save the spending from the public treasury and he ordered that he will be flying with the ordinary airline in the economy class.
He organizes meetings every now and then with all the ministers to know their activities and efficiency and he closed down the office of the Manager of the President. Any minister can enter to his office with out permission. He also stopped the welcoming ceremonies like the red carpet, photo sessions or any personal projection or respect of any kind while visiting any place in the country. Whenever he has to stay in any of the hotels he asks them to make sure not to give him a room with any big bed because he doesn’t like to sleep on beds but rather on the floor on a simple mattress with a blanket.
The following are the inducements for a Member of the National Assembly in Pakistan:
Monthly Salary : Rs. 120,000 to 200,000
Expense for Accommodation per month : Rs.100,000
Office expenditure per month : Rs.140,000
Travelling concession (@Rs. 8 per km) : Rs.48,000(For a visit to Islamabad & return: 6000 km)
Daily TA during Assembly meetings : Rs.500
Charges for 1 class (A/C) in train : Free (For any number of times & All over PAKISTAN)
Charges for Business Class in flights : Free for40 trips / year (With wife or P.A.)
Rent for Govt hostel any where: Free
Electricity costs at home: Free up to 50,000 units
Local phone call charges : Free up to 170,000 calls.
TOTAL expense for a MNA per year : Rs. 32,000,000 (approx.)
TOTAL expense for 5 years : Rs. 160,000,000
So for 534 MNA, the expense for 5 years : Rs. 85,440,000,000 (about 9000 crores).
Think of the Great Democracy we have…….. & the Great Politicians…