Chief Minister, Odisha makes Payment of Rs.2000/- for a meal of MLAs, but allocates Rs. 300/- per month only towards pension of Destitutes and Widows in the state.
As aware you are, the last assembly session ended with disruption of Assembly by opposition MLAs and adjournment of the house by the Speaker for days together without debate and discussion on pertinent issues affecting the life and livelihood of the people of the state. However, after suspension of the Assembly, all the MLAs irrespective their political hues got assembled together over high profile lunch arranged by Finance Minister in the State Guest House on the day of Appropriation for the Year 2016-17. As per the information obtained through RTI on 30.5.16, it was found that Total amount of Rs. 3, 15, 364.00 ( approximately Rs. 2000/- per Meal) has been incurred towards arrangement of Lunch for MLAs.
However, the State Govt. has not been able to increase pension amount of Older persons, widow, destitute under different pension scheme till yet. Under various pension schemes like Old Age Pension Scheme, Widow Pension Scheme, Madhubabu Pension Scheme, the beneficiaries are given just Rs. 300.00 per month to meet their basic requirement including food. Though many organisations have been demanding to increase the pension amount at least Rs. 1000.00 since years together, the State Govt. has not taken any steps in this regard. The MLAs must think twice about the deplorable of condition of these sections of the people while taking high profile meal from state exchequer.