In response to an RTI filed by India Today, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat has said that former CJI Ranjan Gogoi is the only member in the Upper House who does not draw a salary or take allowances. Two other MPs take only MP allowances.
ormer Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who was nominated as a Rajya Sabha member by the government in March, is the only member in the Upper House who does not draw a salary or take allowances.
This has been revealed by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat in response to a Right to Information (RTI) query filed by India Today.
The former CJI was nominated to the Rajya Sabha as a member of eminence in March 2020.
When contacted, Justice Gogoi forwarded the letter he had written to the Secretary General of the Rajya Sabha, dated 24 March, 2020.A copy of RTI reply on Rajya Sabha MPs.
In the letter he had formally opted not to avail the salary and allowances of the Upper House due.
“Please note that I am not availing of the benefit of the salary and allowances (except travelling allowances and accommodation) which I would otherwise be entitled to as a member of the Rajya Sabha. Instead, I opt to continue to avail of the retirement benefits which are being paid to me as a former Chief Justice of India,” Justice Gogoi wrote.
In response to a message from India Today, Justice Gogoi said his CJI pension amount was Rs 82,301 per month.
Govt spends Rs 3 crore a month on RS MPs
In response to the RTI query on cost to government to pay the salaries of Rajya Sabha members, the Upper House disclosed that it spends around Rs 3 crore per month on salaries and allowances to its current members.ADVERTISEMENT
“As per the record available in this branch, salary and allowances (Constituency Allowance and Office Expense Allowance) were paid to 226 Member of the Rajya Sabha in the Month of July 2020, which amounts to Rs 2,99,18,000,” the Rajya Sabha wrote.
According to the website of the Upper House, however, as of August 30, there are 243 MPs which creates a missing figure of 17 Rajya Sabha MPs according to the July figures submitted by the Rajya Sabha.
While India Today learnt that Justice Gogoi does not draw a salary or take allowances, two other Members of the Upper House — Manoj Jha and Rakesh Sinha — only draw their allowances.
Manoj Jha told India Today, “I am still taking regular classes and supervising PhD students, hence taking a salary from the DU and not from the Rajya Sabha.”
Rakesh Sinha also teaches at Delhi University.
In response to another question raised by India Today regarding total pension being paid, the Upper House replied, “As per the records available in this branch, as on 20th August 2020, 506 Ex-MPs of Rajya Sabha have been sanctioned Parliamentary pension by the Secretariat.”
It also provided a list of these MPs.
The Rajya Sabha, however, could not provide data on former Rajya Sabha MPs who were not drawing pension.
The Upper House of Parliament replied that the Rajya Sabha does not maintain a list of Rajya Sabha MPs who are alive but not taking pensions or the list of MPs who are getting pension for the longest duration.