Reading News: Senate Has Approved Free Air Travel For Parliamentarians With Taxpayer Money
Pakistan Airlines has never seen a lower point in its financial growth and popularity especially after the unfortunate air crash in Karachi. Just when a person would think that the only way for PIA to stand on its own feet would be to declare bankruptcy, the government representatives in Senate of Pakistan presented a bill favoring all parliamentarians in the most filthy way possible. Senate has approved free air travel for parliamentarians with taxpayer money. Not only the parliamentarians, but their families will be accommodated too in this regard. Each parliamentarian will be given 25 air tickets through national airlines to any part of the world. Where politicians spend billions on their personal endeavors, they cannot spare a few thousand rupees for their national airliner.
Senate Approves Free Air Travel For Parliamentarians on Taxpayer’s Dime
Just when PIA is losing Rs 9 billion every month. they spend billions to win the elections but can’t buy few 1000 rupee tickets !
— Jarrar Haider (@abu___hashim) June 18, 2020
Senator Babar Awan’s Peculiar Stance
Chairman Committe Senator Farooq Hamid Naek’s is the person who presented this bill in the senate. According to him, “not all parliamentarians are rich”. He justified his demand saying that the Members of Parliament (Salaries and Allowances) Amendment Bill 2020 would not be changed in any way by approving this bill, however, the way the parliamentarians receive facilities will, and hence will not burden the national treasury.
Furthermore, all parliamentarians will also be provided with Rs. 300,000 yearly allowance in addition to the free 25 air tickets for travel by road or by air. The family members will also be eligible to use this free air travel facility and the yearly tickets will in fact, not expire after an year and can be used by kids under 18 or spouse. In the bill, it also said that the parliamentarian who is not interested in taking 25 air tickets would be given a cash amount equivalent to that of the collective cost of the tickets.
Senator Babar Awan, who is the advisor to PM Imran Khan, moved a copy of the now approved bill to PM Imran Khan.
Is This A Good Time?
We are talking about the same government which could not afford to increase basic salaries of government employees for the next fiscal year in the latest budget. The pandemic has ripped off people’s streams of income and the common man is having a hard time making both ends meet. In this time of utter crisis, both financially and in healthcare, decisions like this really help lose faith in the people who are leading this nation in the Parliament Houses.
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