No work, no pay is the guiding principle for all trades universally. Most Indians have learnt to live by that principle. But their political masters believe that such work ethics do not apply to them. Virtually every working day of the last Parliament session was adjourned due to disruptions by political parties over Armsgate. Yet no parliamentarian, save for one Rajya Sabha MP, thought it fit to forgo his allowance for the days that he felt Parliament did not function.
Veteran journalist and nominated Rajya Sabha member Kuldip Nayar has set a precedent of sorts by voluntarily seeking deduction of his daily allowance of Rs 500 for the days when the Rajya Sabha was adjourned without transacting any business during the first half of the budget session.