Guj Cong asks elected members to take 20% pay cut for a year
Ahmedabad: The Union Government`s austerity
drive has trickled down to the state level as Gujarat Congress
on Wednesday asked all its elected party members, including MPs, MLAs
and municipal councillors, to take a 20 per cent pay cut for
"In view of drought in several parts of the country we
have asked all our MPs, MLAs, district panchayat presidents,
mayors, municipal councillors and those occupying positions
on the boards or corporations to take a 20 per cent cut in
their salaries," state Congress president Siddharth Patel
"We have asked the party members to direct their
respective offices to deduct 20 per cent of their salary and
pay it for state government`s disaster relief fund," he said,
adding that they have also been asked to send copy of their
letter of approval to the Congress party office.
The pay cut would be for the duration of one year from
September 1, 2009 to August 31, 2010.
Patel said that this decision was taken during the
Congress Working Committee meeting by party President Sonia
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