Chapter 8

 

 

THE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT (OFFICE EXPENSE ALLOWANCE) RULES, 1988

 

            1G.S.R. 1093(E). – The following rules which have been made by the Joint Committee constituted under sub-section (1) of Section 9 of the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 (30 of 1954), after consultation with the Central Government, in exercise of the powers conferred on it by Clouse (f) of sub-section (3) of the said section and have been approved and confirmed by the Chairman of the Council of State and the Speaker of the House of the People, as required by sub-section (4) of that section, are published for general information:-

 

The Members of Parliament

 (Office Expense Allowance) Rules, 1988

 

(As amended upto 3 July, 2007)

 

            1. Short Title and Commencement. – (1) These rules may be called the Members of Parliament (Office Expense Allowance) Rules, 1988.

 

            (2)  They shall be deemed to have come into force on 1st day of April, 1988.

 

            2. Definitions. – In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires:-

 

(a) “Act” means the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954.

 

(b) “Office expense” means expenses on stationery, postage and Secretarial help as are not covered by other rules.

 

            2 “3.     Amount of Office Expense Allowance.- A member shall be entitled to receive office expense allowance under Section 8 of the Act at the rate of rupees twenty thousand per mensem, out of which-

 

(a) rupees four thousand should be for meeting expenses on stationery item, etc.;              and

 

2a[(b) rupees two thousand should be for meeting expenses on franking of letters, and  Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha Secretariat may pay up to fourteen thousand rupees to the person(s) as may be engaged by a Member for obtaining Secretarial assistance and one such person shall be a computer literate duly certified by the Members

 

      4. Office Expense Allowances to be in Addition to other Allowances etc. – For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that the office expense allowance admissible under these rules shall be in addition to, and not in derogation of, any other allowances or facilities admissible (whether in cash or in kind) under any other rules for the time being in force.


Explanatory Memorandum

 

 

Explanatory Memorandum to the –

 

(i)                  The Members of Parliament (Constituency Allowance) Amendment Rules, 1988.

 

(ii)                The Members of Parliament (Travelling and Daily Allowance) Amendment Rules, 1988.

 

(iii)               The Housing and Telephone Facilities (Members of Parliament) Amendment Rules, 1988.

 

(iv)              The Members of Parliament (Office Expenses Allowance) Rules, 1988.

 

(v)                The Members of Parliament (Advance for the Purchase of Conveyance Amendment Rules, 1988.

 

      The Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament constituted under Section 9 of the Salary, Allowances and Pension of  Members of Parliament Act, 1954 and Rules made thereunder recommended in November 1987 certain additional facilities to the members of Parliament by way of increase in travelling and daily allowance, secretarial facilities, constituency allowance, road mileage, purchase of conveyance etc. To give effect to certain recommendations the Parliament enacted the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Act, 1988, with retrospective effect from 1st day of April, 1988 (Act 60 of 1988).

 

      The Government have proposed that the recommendations of the Committee and the above Act should be given effect from 1st day of April, 1988. It is, therefore, proposed to amend the existing rules and also to frame new rules namely, the Members of Parliament (Office Expense Allowance) Rules, 1988 with retrospective effect. As the purpose of the amendments/framing of rules are to give additional facilities no Member of Parliament is likely to be adversely affected by the issue of the said amendments/framing of the rules and giving it retrospective effect.

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1               Published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) dated the 25           November, 1988 effective from 1st April, 1988.

 

2               Substituted by G.S.R. No. 747(E), published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II,    Section 3, Sub-section (i) dated the 12th December, 2006.

 

2a             Substituted by G.S.R. No. 460(E), published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, section 3, sub-suction (i) dated the 3rd  July, 2007.