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Panel recommends hefty hike in salaries of Delhi MLAs

In July, a group of AAP legislatiors had demanded a significant hike in salary, arguing their earnings were not enough to run their family and offices.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 7, 2015 9:07 am
Delhi mlas salary, delhi mla salary hike, delhi news In July, a group of AAP legislatiors had demanded a significant hike in salary, arguing their earnings were not enough to run their family and offices.

The independent committee of experts, which was set up to look into revision of pay and allowances for Delhi’s MLAs, has recommended a hefty hike — from the current Rs 88,000 to Rs 2.10 lakh per month. This amount includes the total salary as well as various allowances.

The three-member committee comprises former secretary general P D T Achari, journalist K V Prasad and Supreme Court advocate Balraj Malik. “…When the government receives the report, it will take a reasoned decision after carefully going through each recommendation and the reasons behind it. It will also look at which recommendations to accept and which to reject,” said a statement by the government.

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The committee was set up after a section of AAP MLAs asked the government for an increase in their allowances Currently, MLAs draw a basic salary of Rs 12,000. The committee recommended that this be revised to Rs 50,000 per month — a 400 per cent hike. The MLAs will be entitled to a one-time allowance. The committee also proposed that MLAs should not be given free accommodation, and power and water reimbursements.

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The recommendations will be sent to the salary and allowance committee by the assembly speaker and then to the government’s law department to be finalised as a Bill. This will then be sent to the union home ministry for final approval.

Apart from this, the committee recommended a future revision of salary as well — that it be raised by 10 per cent of the basic salary, i.e. Rs. 5,000 every 12 months, from the date on which the new pay and allowances come into force.

Meanwhile, the BJP and the Congress were quick to decry the recommendations. BJP leader Vijender Gupta said, “There is already an additional burden of Rs 7,000 crore on citizens as a number of taxes has been increased…” Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken called the recommendations a ploy to keep disillusioned AAP MLAs happy.

 

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    Haren
    Oct 7, 2015 at 3:34 pm
    Why there is always fight to get party ticket and blame game if it is winning party in poll? Simple answer to make money.
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      Selva
      Oct 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm
      Delhi Voters deserve this??? When delhi is fighting with power issues; fighting with water woes; fighting with dengue; fighting with traffic snarls....... is this the most important thing Khejri can do to satisfy his loyalists and allow them to keep looting officially!!! this will allow other emblies to follow suit and we (tax-payers) will pay through our pockets as we were paying earlier to the italian Mafia family
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        nishit sahay
        Oct 6, 2015 at 11:34 pm
        Its probably pointless talking about how AAP took U turn on every issue.
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          alok gupta
          Oct 7, 2015 at 12:56 am
          And to all the bhakts , I voted for AAP in Delhi and am still glad. At least no one is being lynched in Delhi. Have you looked at the state of the country thanks to your awesome voting ability?
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            alok gupta
            Oct 7, 2015 at 12:54 am
            Maybe they need the money because they are not flying in Adani jets like supreme leader.
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