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Rs 84,000 ‘not enough’, some Aam Aadmi Party MLAs want hike in allowance

Nitin Tyagi, AAP MLA from Laxmi Nagar, spoke out about the difficulties in meeting expenses.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 4, 2015 8:17 am
AAP, AAP MLAs, AAP MLa salary, AAP MLA allowance, Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia Elaborating on the concerns raised by the MLAs, the official said, “Their basic monthly salary is Rs 12,000. With all the allowances and perks that an MLA receives every month, the sum comes to around Rs 84,000.”

A section of Aam Aadmi Party MLAs have asked the party-led Delhi government for an increase in their allowances, citing problems in meeting expenses that include the cost of maintaining an office in their constituencies, transportation and running a household.

Affirming that such a request has been made to AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a senior government official said, “While no special meeting was held for this, concerns about meeting expenses were raised by some MLAs in their weekly meetings with Arvind. Most of them are first-time MLAs, former India Against Corruption volunteers and first-generation Delhi residents.”

Elaborating on the concerns raised by the MLAs, the official said, “Their basic monthly salary is Rs 12,000. With all the allowances and perks that an MLA receives every month, the sum comes to around Rs 84,000.”

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Nitin Tyagi, AAP MLA from Laxmi Nagar, spoke out about the difficulties in meeting expenses. “Each MLA is expected to run an office in their constituency. The monthly rent for that is approximately between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000. In addition to that, you need to pay salaries to your office staff, pay electricity and water bills. Monthly expenditure on fuel itself comes to around Rs 20,000. We have made a request for increasing our allowances or for providing us office space or staff members.”

Another AAP MLA also claimed that increased allowance was a necessity “There are several people who come to our office. At least we should be able to serve them tea. Moreover, there are conveyance expenses within the constituency. We have to visit various government offices and make several rounds of the constituency in case there is an issue there and we need to intervene,” said the legislator.

But the opposition BJP came down heavily on the AAP government, alleging that the plea for an increase in allowance is just a ploy the party is using to get more access to public funds. “They are appointing parliamentary secretaries and increasing government expenditure on advertisements. The party is using its MLAs and this demand is just a ploy to get more public money. For a while, MLAs have been working on the same salaries,” said Vijendra Gupta, BJP MLA and Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly.

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    Tomar
    Jul 5, 2015 at 12:07 am
    Resign if you think ry in not enough, that's what an aam admi do in his/her job.
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      Arvind
      Jul 4, 2015 at 4:37 pm
      Public will always support the cause of MLAs who are financially not strong. AAP party has many MLAs who can not withstand financial burden to look after their families.AAP govt/Party must give them some specially allowances to meet extra expenditure to run their families otherwise there is every possibilities that they may to go for corrupt activities to meet their family expenses.Other parties may shout against increase of ries but public knows how MLAs of these parties have their own business and what they get ries are pocket money of their children. Even they have other sources of income in form of commissions,percentages etc.Arvind Kejriwal must take care of such MLAs who left their jobs/business/studies to serve Aam Aadmi.People of Delhi who voted for AAP will not mind about increase of their ries.
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        Ashutosh Aggarwal
        Jul 4, 2015 at 4:57 am
        A US senator got USD 174000 per annum in ries so these MLA must demand at least 25% of that.
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          avi
          Jul 4, 2015 at 6:49 am
          All politicians irrespective of their parties are farce, once in power they all want to be lords !
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          1. Narender Balda
            Jul 5, 2015 at 10:05 pm
            From which call centre you are writing aaptard. Before elections these issues should have brought in elections manifestos or at public meetings. After winning elections you are making excuses.
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