ISLAMABAD: Through the Finance Bill 2012 passed by the National Assembly in a historic haste and likely to be enacted this week with the signatures of the president, the amount of annual travel vouchers for a parliamentarian will be increased by 100 percent from Rs150,000 to Rs300,000 effective from July 1, 2012.
According to the parliamentary sources, the parliamentarians, as a bonus of the protest by the opposition during first, second and third reading of the budget, passed an amendment to the Finance Bill 2012, which has provided them extra monetary benefit. With this amendment, the TA/DA to each member will be allowed even the respective house is summoned again after three days of its adjournment.
The existing law permitted them second TA/DA only when the president reconvened the house after adjournment for seven days. Meanwhile, it is learnt that the notification regarding the provision of lifelong security to all former presidents, prime ministers as well as all former speakers of National Assembly and chairpersons of Senate would be issued shortly.