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Transparency Maldives is a non-political organization that promotes collaboration, awareness and other initiatives to improve governance and eliminate corruption from the daily lives of people. Our organization is the National Contact of Transparency Inte ... more
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Project Director of Transparency Maldives, Aiman Rasheed, said at the time that the ranking could not be compared year-to-year, especially in the Maldives where there were only a three sources used to determine the index (India has six)."Corruption in the Maldives is grand corruption, unlike neighbouring countries where much of it is petty corruption," Rasheed said.
Rasheed said that MPs already received a Rf20,000 (US$1,298) per month allowance in phone, travel, and living expenses, even for those MPs who live in the capital Male'.
"However, all MPs are paid the additional 20,000 regardless of actual expenses," added Rasheed, "We strongly recommend that allowances to MPs must be released based on actual expenditure."
"The 20k committee allowance is in addition to the basic salary and the living/phone/travel allowance.
The justification by the Majlis for 20k is to incentivise MPs to attend committee meetings and to help their constituents," said Rasheed.
"Some MPs made public statements that they would distribute the money among their constituents and that the money will go towards constituents' medical bills etc.
We at TM think that is plain corruption, abuse of authority and amounts to using state funds for campaigning."
Regarding the decision to award the allowances for March, Rasheed noted that the Majlis's regulations stipulate that MPs must attend 75 percent of their committee's meeting to be eligible for the allowance.
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