Members Of The National Assembly (Salaries And Allowances) Act 1966

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THE MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES) ACT, 1966

ACT No. XIII OF 1966

( For the Statement of Objects and Reasons, see Gaz. of P., 1966, Ext., P. 32 (R).)

[14th July, 1966]

An Act to provide for the salaries and allowances of the Members of the National Assembly

WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for the salaries and allowances of the Members of the National Assembly ;

It is hereby enacted as follows :-

THE SCHEDULE

[See section 3 (1)]

1. Application.-The provisions of this Schedule shall apply to a Member who has not elected under sub-section (2) of section 3 to receive a consolidated salary.

2. Free travels.-(1) Every Member shall be provided with such vouchers as would enable him to travel within Pakistan at any time without payment of any fare by air or by any railway, steamer or launch:

Provided that the value of the vouchers with which a Member is provided during a year shall not exceed six thousand and five hundred rupees reduced, in respect of the year commenc ing on the 8th June, 1966, by the amount equivalent to the value of such of the passes or vouchers with which he has been provided under the Members of National Assembly (Salaries and Allow ances) Act, 1956 (XVIII of 1956), and the rules made there-under as have already been used or as have not been returned by him ;

Provided further that, where a person becomes a Member in the middle of a year, the value of the vouchers with which he is provided during the year shall not exceed the value which bears the same proportion to six thousand and five hundred rupees as the unexpired portion of the year bears to a year.

(2) Any voucher with which a Member is provided under sub-paragraph (1) may be utilised also for the purpose of travel by the spouse, minor children and unmarried daughters of the Member travelling with the Member.

(3) The utilisation by a Member of any voucher with which he is provided under sub-paragraph (1) for the purpose of any journey for which he is entitled to any travelling allowance under this Act shall not in any way affect his right to receive such allowance.

(4) Until a Member is provided with vouchers under sub paragraph (1), he shall be entitled to be provided with and to enjoy the facilities for travel free of charge under the Members of National Assembly (Salaries and Allowances) Act, 1956, (XVIII of 1956), and the rules made thereunder as if this Act had not come into force.

  1. Housing facilities.-The rent payable by a Member in respect of a residence allotted to him in his capacity as Member shall be two-thirds the rent payable in respect of that residence immediately before such allotment.

**Explanation.-**For the purpose of this paragraph, "rent" includes the rent of furniture and charges on account of electricity, servants quarters, garages, light, fans, boilers, refrigerators, dessert coolers and air conditioning units and charges, if any, in respect of-

(i) the supply of electrical energy and water in the com pound of the servants' quarters and in the motor garages;

(ii) the pay of sweepers and Jamadars, and the supply of dusters, brooms and similar other articles ;

(iii) the supply of electric bulbs ;

(iv) the maintenance of lawns and gardens ;

(v) the maintenance of any place like an enquiry office; and

(vi) any other amenities provided for the common benefit of the Members.

**4. Medical facilities.-**A Member and the spouse, minor children and unmarried daughters of the Member residing with and wholly dependent on the Member shall be entitled to the same medical facilities as are admissible to a Gazetted Officer (Class I) of the Central Government and the spouse and children of such Officer under the Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1958.

5. Telephones.-A Member shall be entitled to have one telephone installed at his residence at Government expense where facilities for installation are available and shall not, to the extent of seven hundred rupees during a year, be liable to pay charges in respect of rental of the telephone and the calls made there-from:

Provided that, where a person becomes a Member in the middle of a year, the charges for which he shall not be liable during that year in respect of the rental of the telephone and calls made there-from shall not exceed the amount which bears the same proportion to seven hundred rupees as the unexpired por tion of the year bears to a year.

1. Short title and commencement.-(1) This Act may be called the Members of the National Assembly (Salaries and Allowances) Act, 1966.

(2) It shall come into force at once.

2. Definition. In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-

(a) "Assembly" means the National Assembly of Pakistan ;

(b) "Committee" means a Standing Committee or a Select Committee of the Assembly or any other committee set up by or under the authority of the Assembly in connection with the business of the Assembly ;

(c) "Member" means a Member of the National Assembly but does not include the Speaker or a Deputy Speaker of the Assembly ;

(d) "year" means a year commencing on the eighth day of June and ending on the seventh day of June next following.

3. Salary.-(1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2), a Member shall be entitled to receive a salary at the rate of five hundred rupees per mensem and to the privileges and amenities set out in the Schedule.

(2) A member may, not later than fifteen days from the commencement of any year or, in the case of a Member elected in' the middle of a year, not later than fifteen days from the date of his making the oath referred to in Article 106 of the Constitu tion, elect by writing under his hand to receive during such year a consolidated remuneration and, where he so elects, shall be entitled to receive, by way of consolidated remuneration and in lieu of the salary, privileges and amenities mentioned in sub section (1), a salary of one thousand and five hundred rupees per mensem;

Provided that in respect of the year commencing on the 8th June, 1966, a Member may make his election under this sub section not later than fifteen days from the commencement of this Act, and if he so elects, his election shall take effect on the date of his election.

4. Daily allowance. For each day during any period of residence on duty a Member shall be entitled to receive a daily allowance at the rate of fifty rupees and, except in the case of a Member who is a Parliamentary Secretary, a conveyance allowance at the rate of fifteen rupees.

Explanation.-In this section, "period of residence on duty" means the period during which a Member, for the purpose of attending a session of the Assembly or a meeting of a Committee or for attending to any other business connected with his duties as Member, resides at the place, including his usual place of residence, where the session or the meeting is held or other business is transacted and includes,-

(a) in the case of a session of the Assembly, a period of such residence, not exceeding three days, im mediately preceding the commencement of the session and the period of such residence, not ex ceeding three days, immediately following the end of the session, and

(b) in the case of a sitting of a Committee or transac tion of any other business, the period of such resi dence, not exceeding two days, immediately pre ceding the commencement of the business of the Committee or of the other business and the period of such residence, not exceeding two days, imme diately following the conclusion of the business of the Committee or of the other business.

5. Travelling allowance.-(1) For every journey performed for the purpose of attending a session of the Assembly or a meeting of a Com mittee or for attending to any other business connected with his duties as Member from his usual place of residence to the place where the session or the meeting is held or other business is transacted and for the return journey from such place to his usual place of residence, a Member shall be entitled to receive travelling allowance at the following rates, namely :-

(a) where a journey is performed by rail, an amount equal to the aggregate of one first class fare and one third class fare ;

(b) where a journey is performed by air, an amount equal to one and one-half of the first class air fare by the shortest route ;

(c) where the journey or any part thereof cannot be performed by fail or air and is performed by steamer, an amount equal to one and three-fifths of the fare (without diet) for the highest class in the steamer ;

(d) where a journey or any part thereof cannot be performed by rail, air or steamer and is performed by road, a mileage allowance at the rate of fifty paisa per mile ;

(e) where a journey or any part thereof can be per formed by rail, air or steamer but is performed by road, a mileage allowance at the rate of fifty paisa per mile not exceeding in the aggregate the travell ing allowance which he would have been entitled to receive had he travelled by rail or steamer.

(2) Where, during a session of the Assembly or a sitting of a committee, a Member absents himself for less than fifteen days from the place where the session or the sitting is held and per forms a journey for visiting any place in Pakistan, he shall be entitled to receive travelling allowance in respect of the journey to such place and for the return journey from such place to the place where the session or the sitting is held at the following rates, namely :-

(a) where the journey is performed by rail, an amount equal to one first class fare ;

(b) where the journey is performed by air, an amount equal to one first class air fare by the shortest route;

(c) where the journey is not performed by rail or air, at the same rates and subject to the same con ditions as are specified in clauses (c), (d) and (e) of sub-section (1):

Provided that the amount of travelling allowance under this sub-section shall not in any case, exceed the total amount of the daily allowance to which the Member would have been entitled had he not so absented himself.

(3) Where the interval between the termination of one session of the Assembly or, as the case may be, one sitting of a Committee and the commencement of another session or sitting at the same place does not exceed seven days and, during such interval, a Member-

(a) remains at such place, he shall be entitled to receive for each day of residence at such place a daily allowance at the rate specified in section 4 ;

(b) leaves such place for another place, he shall be entitled to receive travelling allowance at the same rates and subject to the same conditions as are specified in sub-section (2) as if he were absent from such place during the session of the Assembly or a sitting of the Committee.

6. Power to make rules.-(1) A Committee consisting of the Speaker, the Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, the Minister for Finance, the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition may, with the approval of the President, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

(2) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provisions, such rues may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely :-

(a) the routes for the performance of any journey ;

(b) the manner in which fractions of a day shall be dealt with for the purpose of determining the daily allowance admissible for that day ;

(c) the travelling allowance admissible where the place from which a Member commences his journey or to which he returns is not his usual place of residence ;

(d) the form in which certificates, if any, shall be fur nished by a Member for the purpose of claiming any allowance under this Act ; and

(e) generally, for regulating the payment of daily and travelling allowances under this Act.

7. Repeal.(1) The Members of the National Assembly (Salaries and Allowances) Act, 1956, is hereby repealed XVIII of 1965.

(2) Notwithstanding the repeal under sub-section (1), the rules made under the Members of National Assembly (Salaries and Allowances) Act, 1956, in so far as they relate to any of the matters specified in sub-section (2) of section 6, shall be deemed to be rules made under that section and shall have effect accord ingly XVIII of 1956.

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