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Assembly in ‘suspended animation’,but legislators begin to draw salaries

Each MLA draws a salary of approximately Rs 12 lakh annually,apart from free accommodation and transport.

A fractured verdict in the recent Delhi Assembly polls and lingering uncertainty over government formation has put the 5th Legislative Assembly in “suspended animation” till a new government is formed.

Since no session of the newly constituted Assembly has been convened by the Lieutenant Governor,the 70 newly elected MLAs have become eligible to get salaries,allowances and other perks since December 9,the day the election results were notified by the Election Commission of India.

Each MLA draws a salary of approximately Rs 12 lakh annually,apart from free accommodation and transport,free treatment at government and government-empanelled private hospitals.

Though the Vidhan Sabha secretariat has written to all new MLAs to come forward and finish the formalities,only seven have so far submitted their certificate of election issued by the returning officer of their respective constituencies,sources said.

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It is also mandatory for MLAs to submit their bio-data to the Vidhan Sabha to facilitate publication of the “Who’s Who” for people to know their MLA.

“Each MLA is entitled to Rs 54,000 per month as salary and allowances. In addition to this,there is a reimbursement component,which includes Rs 4,000 per month in lieu of water and electricity bills,another Rs 30,000 a month to hire two data entry operators and a travel allowance of Rs 50,000 per annum to travel with a spouse or companion,” a senior official said.

The MLAs also get free government accommodation,as well as free medical treatment in all government hospitals and cashless treatment in government-empanelled private hospitals.

The former MLAs who did not make it to the Assembly this time will be eligible to a monthly pension of Rs 7,500 per term. Those who have been MLAs for more than one term get an additional Rs 1,000 per year,per term (Rs 5,000 a term). So,for instance,a three-time MLA is entitled to a monthly pension of Rs 17,500.

The election results declared BJP as the single largest party with 32 MLAs along with its ally Shiromani Akali Dal’s one seat. The party,however,declined to form the government for failing to provide majority as it fell short of the simple majority of 36 seats. The AAP has 28 MLAs,the Congress eight and the Janata Dal (United) one seat. An Independent candidate Rambeer Shokeen won the Mundka Assembly seat.