MANY retired elected representatives are receiving multiple pensions.
If an elected representative retires after serving one term (four to five years) he or she is entitled to a pension.
This is in stark contrast to government employees who have to serve a minimum of 25 years to be eligible to receive a pension.
The elected representative, when he retires would for example receive a pension for having served as a state legislative assembly member, one for having been a state executive council member, one as an MP, another if he was a Cabinet minister, deputy minister and so on.
A government servant, on the other hand, who served as a clerk, an office assistant, office administrator, permanant secretary to a ministry, trade secretary in a foreign mission or even as an ambassador or high commissioner is eligible for one pension only – the highest position he served before retirement.
To serve the country is an honour and privilege and not a chance to enrich oneself.
Elected representatives who need not serve a minimum 25 years like government servants should only be allowed to receive one pension – the highest that they are eligible for.
Elected representatives are not “employed” but represent their electorate.