New Delhi: Taking a step towards the benefit of society amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Union Cabinet on Monday announced that the salary, allowances and pension of all members of Parliament (MPs) will be reduced by 30 per cent, effective from April 1 this year. Also Read - Three-Phase Unlock 1.0 From Tomorrow: States Decide Dos List, Centre Clears Don'ts List

The decision was taken based on an Ordinance under the Members of Parliament Act, 1954, and will be applicable for the entire year, said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. Also Read - Coronavirus: As Second-Last Day of Lockdown 4.0 Ends, Here's Where The Four Most-Affected States Stand

“The President, Vice President, Governors of States have voluntarily decided to take a pay cut as a social responsibility. The money will go to Consolidated Fund of India,” he said. Also Read - Working From Office in Lockdown 5.0? Follow These Guidelines

The cabinet has also approved temporary suspension of the Members of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) Fund of parliament members during the next two years – that is, 2020-21 and 2021-22 – for managing health and adverse impact of the deadly COVID-19 in the country.

“The consolidated amount of MPLAD Funds for 2 years – Rs 7900 crores – will go to Consolidated Fund of India,” Javadekar announced.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chaired a video conference meeting with his cabinet.  Prior to that, he had held another video conference with central ministers.

So far, 4067 coronavirus cases have been reported in India, including 109 deaths.