The state government has decided to hike the salary and allowances of members of both the Houses of the state legislature by 70 per cent.
The salary and allowances of the legislators were last revised in April 2004. The government has decided to hike the salary and perks of members in both the Houses to Rs 50,000 per month from the existing Rs 30,000, Chief Minister Mayawati said in the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council on Monday. The salary and allowances of presiding officers,the leader of opposition and ministers will also be raised. The government also introduced a new scheme for giving family pension to the dependents in case of the death of a sitting or former MLA. It has also decided to raise the annual increment in the pension of former legislators from Rs 500 to Rs 700. The hike will cost the exchequer more than Rs 15 crore annually. The hike will come into effect after a bill is introduced in the House in the current session to amend the UP state legislature (Member Emolument and Pension) Act,1980. Other than the allowances under the normal pay structure,the legislators are also entitled to a daily allowance of Rs 500 when the house is in session or for attending meetings of the committees of the legislature. If the house is not in session,then the legislators are entitled for Janseva allowance at the rate of Rs 250 per day. They also get railway coupon to the tune of Rs 2 lakh per annum. The salary of the Assembly speaker,deputy speaker,council chairman and deputy chairman will also be hiked to Rs 12,000 from the existing Rs 5,000 per month. The allowance they were getting for maintenance of their private house in their home district has been hiked from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000, said CM. The government has also decided to increase the salary of ministers from Rs 5,000 to Rs 12,000.