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Finance Committee allows MRF20,000 allowances
Finance Committee of the Peoples’ Majlis has allowed the committee allowance of MRF20,000 to the MPs for the month of March despite there being no committee meetings held in March.
The finance section of the Majlis Secretariat approved the decision because there are no procedures regarding the withholding committee allowances if the meetings of the committee are not held.
While Vilufushi MP Riyaz Rasheed, Vaikaradhoo MP Ali Arif and Kulhudhufushi-North MP Abdul Gafoor Moosa refrained from voting, Eydhafushi MP ‘Redwave’ Saleem, Nolhivaram MP Mohamed Nasheed, Alifushi MP Mohmed Nashiz and Hulhu-Meedhoo MP Ilyas Labeeb voted in favour of granting the MPs with the committee allowances.
Meanwhile, protests were held earlier by civil servants against the committee allowances voicing their disapproval over the revised salary framework which grants the members of the Majlis Rf20,000 as committee allowance as an addition to their salary of MRF62,000.
The Civil Servants expressed their concern for the sudden salary boost of the high salaried MPs when an ordinary civil servant’s average salary is only MRF 5000. Female government employees also participated in the protests.
They also called out to the abolition of the Peoples’ Majlis alleging that the current MPs were all selfishly in there for the money and to fill their pockets.
Some of the protestors also brought a Fund box in front of the Majlis claiming that the MPs are still unsatisfied with their high salary and that a fund is needed to increase their filled pockets.