The Himachal Pradesh government on Thursday proposed a steep hike in the salaries,allowances and perks of MLAs,ministers,Speaker,deputy speaker and chief parliamentary secretaries.
For this purpose,Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh moved four separate bills in the Assembly. During the last Assembly session,Virbhadra had withdrawn the same bills as Opposition BJP had walked out of the House.
The Bill related to salaries of MLAs envisages nearly a 62 per cent hike in their perks and allowance. After passing of the Bill,MLAs will draw Rs 1.15 lakh per month as salary. While the CM will draw a salary of Rs 65,000,the Speaker of the Assembly will be paid Rs 50,000 per month. (see box)
The hike would entail an expenditure of Rs 3.30 crore per annum on the state exchequer,said officials.
When contacted,Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal said: The hike was long overdue and has been done on the basis of the recommendations made by the members amenities committee. It can be justified due to high cost of living.
He,however,rejected the argument that due to current financial problems being faced by the state,the hike will impose a heavy burden on the state exchequer. Do you oppose when government servants ask for DA and hike of other allowances? Moreover,MLAs and ministers salaries are revised once in four to five years, he said.
The bills are expected to be passed on Friday.
Will fill up vacancies in public service depts within three months: CM
SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh government on Thursday announced it will fill up within three months all vacancies in departments providing public services like education,healthcare,drinking water,irrigation,electricity and agriculture. The government also said that an exercise will be undertaken to reorganise all sub-divisions,divisions and circles of the public works department and irrigation and public health engineering for rationlisation of manpower. He made the announcement in the Assembly in response to a private members resolution tabled by Congress MLA Asha Kumari.
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