Shimla, April 8: After continuous uproar in the Assembly over refusal to debate on the Enforcement Directorate (ED) cases against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, the whole House voted for a massive 100 per cent hike in the salaries and perks of MLAs in Himachal Pradesh. This comes in line with the recent hike in states like Telengana, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Tripura.
The Bill passed in the Assembly on Tuesday with a majority will raise the salary of legislators from Rs 1.32 lakh to Rs 2.10 lakh a month. Not only this, the elected representatives will get a daily allowance of Rs 1,8oo instead of Rs 1,500 and their limit for free air or rail travel also hiked to Rs 2.50 lakh instead of Rs 2 lakhs annually. Though the members were unhappy with the current style of functioning of Congress government in the state, there was no debate on the Bill on the last day of the Budget session and was passed unanimously.
As per to the estimate, the new Bill will cost the exchequer Rs 16.45 annually. The break up of the salary, according to the Bill, states that each MLA will get Rs 55,000 per moth as basic salary, instead of Rs 30,000 and their constituency allowance has been raised from Rs 30,000 to Rs 90,000. Interestingly, the office allowance has also been doubled from Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000 and the computer data entry operator allowance too has been raised by Rs 3,000 a month, i.e, Rs 15,000 from Rs 12,ooo. ALSO READ: Salary hike for MLAs/MLCs: Rs 2 lakh to serve people, this happens only in India
Adding on, there has also been a hike in the salaries of former MLAs and their pension has been raised too. From now on, former MLAs will get basic salary of Rs 36,000 instead of Rs 22,000. The Chief Minister’s salary too has been raised from Rs 65,000 to Rs 95,000 and his cabinet Minister will enjoy a salary of Rs 80,000 a month, instead of Rs 50,000. The Bill further states that the sumptuary allowance has been raised from Rs 30,000 to Rs 90,000.
The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker will take away Rs 80,000 and Rs 75,000, instead of Rs 50,000 and Rs 45,000 respectively. Also their sumptuary allowance has been raised from Rs 30,000 to Rs 95,000 a month. On the other hand, the salaries of chief parliamentary secretary and parliamentary secretary will also be raised Rs 40,000 and Rs 35,000 to Rs 65,000 and Rs 60,000 respectively.