Date: 06/10/2015

By Subramanian Swami.

Rahul Gandhi claimed pay, allowance during leave of absence:



View PhotoRahul Gandhi claimed pay, allowance during leave of absence:

In its recent edition, RSS mouthpiece Organiser has alleged that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi claimed his salary and allowances during his 56-day �leave of absence� earlier this year.
In its report, �Expose: Rahul gets pay without work�, in the edition released on Sunday, Organiser has claimed to have accessed official documents to show that Rahul availed these benefits during the Budget Session. Rahul had left before the Budget Session began on February 23, and returned on April 16.
�It pays to be a Gandhi. Ask Rahul Gandhi, the 44-year-old scion of the Gandhi dynasty. While common people would be stripped of their salary for being absent from office for 56 days, Rahul Gandhi not only gets his salary but is not even docked even a single day�s pay,� said the report.
�Even as the media speculated about his absence... Parliament was doing its job. A raging debate on the controversial land bill was going on,� it said.

According to the report, under Section 3 of the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954, a member is entitled to receive a salary of Rs 50,000 per month and an allowance of Rs 2,000 for �each day of residence on duty at a place where a session of a house of Parliament or a sitting of a committee thereof is held�. However, no member shall be entitled to the allowance unless he signs the register maintained for this purpose by the secretariat during the session of the house for which the allowance is claimed.

�Yet, despite an absence that was recorded publicly � by the media, by the people in his constituency, by the absence of any signature in the register kept in Parliament � Mr Gandhi was still paid his full salary of Rs 50,000, along with the daily stipend,� said the Organiser report. �He not only left the session... he didn�t even bother to inform the house or his constituency voters about his whereabouts. Being a public person, he is paid from the public exchequer. Yet, the public doesn�t know why he was missing. Or that he got his salary without being penalised for being absent from Parliament, simply because he needed a break,� it said.
�Is this what he was elected for? So that he could go off on holiday whenever he wants, and still pocket a substantial salary. Any other common man would have had to give an explanation, or his resignation, after remaining missing from work for so long,� said the report.

And question is asked whether he will now claim for the other 14 days leave of absence while Parliament was in session.