With AAP MLAs demanding a revision in their salary and perks, Speaker of Delhi Assembly Ram Niwas Goel on Friday constituted an independent committee to look into the issue.
The committee, consisting of experts and professionals, will undertake a comprehensive study of the structure of salary and allowances prevalent in the country. It will then recommend the revision of salary and allowances for Delhi MLAs.
“For the first time in our country, such a committee has been constituted to look into the salaries and allowances of MLAs. Prior to this, the MLAs themselves have been deciding this,” said Goel.
Goel added, “The independent committee came into existence after a unanimous decision was taken by the Committee on Salary and Allowances of the Delhi MLAs on August 1, 2015, to request the Speaker to constitute such a Committee. It may be noted that the Constitution and the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act provide for the revision of the salary and allowances of MLAs, from time to time…. The usual procedure is that the Committee of Legislature makes its recommendations for revision of salary and allowances, which are incorporated in the Bill to be introduced by the government in the Assembly for the purpose.”
The members of the committee include PDT Achary, former secretary general of Lok Sabha, who will be the chairman. Other members are KV Prasad, associate editor, The Tribune, Balraj S Malik, advocate of Supreme Court and Prasanna Kumar Suryadevara, secretary of the legislative assembly.
The committee will study the structure of salary and allowances prevalent in various states and Parliament, as well as a comparative study of similar structures in various parliaments in different countries. It will also recommend revision of salary, allowances and other facilities for Delhi MLAs. The report is expected to be completed within a month.