MLAs who have completed less than two years and six months will be eligible to receive pension.
This is as per the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya (Member’s Pension) (Amendment) Bill, 2023 which was tabled on the first day of the Assembly’s autumn session today.
Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Parliamentary Affairs, Prestone Tynsong said that the bill aims at reducing the qualifying years of two years and six months as contained in section 3 (l) of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly (Member’s Pension) Act, 1977.
He said that under the existing provision in Section 3 of the Member’s Pension Act members who have served as an MLA less than this period were not eligible to receive pension.
Tynsong also said there are few persons who were members of the State Assembly who have fallen short of two years and six months as required and were ineligible to receive pension.
“To enable these persons to be eligible to receive pension, the instant amendment is being placed,” he said.
“Therefore the proposal to amend section 3 of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly (Member’s Pension) Act, 1977 by inserting a new proviso and by giving it retrospective effect is being proposed in the amendment. Hence, this Bill,” he added.