New Delhi, April 24: The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to increase pension of ex-CMs by over 600 per cent. The decision of whooping hike in pension was taken by the Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday which stated that the pension of ex-CMs in the state will be increased from Rs 26,000 to Rs 1.70 lakh, news report suggest. Also Read - Coronavirus: Madhya Pradesh Govt Imposes Night Curfew, Other Restrictions in Balaghat
According to a news report, the decision of seven times hike was taken after a pension review committee appointed by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan submitted its report last week. Also Read - Bizarre! To Tackle Bird Flu, MP Govt Bans ‘Movement of Birds’ in Certain Areas For 3 Months
“The pension will not be provided to ex-CM of Madhya Pradesh if the minister occupies a portfolio in the Union or the State Ministry,” Zee News reported. Currently, Chouhan draws salary of Rs 2 lakh per month. Read Also: (Sad! This physically challenged old woman crawls 2 km for Rs 300 pension!) Also Read - MP Minister Climbs Atop 50-Ft High Swing For Better Phone Signal, Video Goes Viral | Watch
Last year in a state cabinet meeting, legislators in Madhya Pradesh gave nod for the rise in the salary and perks of members after a gap of six years. The cabinet was headed by Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
With the current decision, the salaries and allowances of MLAs in MP will reach Rs 1.10 lakh from Rs 71,000 per month. Salaries of Chief Ministers will rise to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1.43 lakh per month. The pay packet of Speakers in Madhya Pradesh will rise to Rs 1.85 lakh from Rs 1.20 lakh.
Ministers salary in MP will now onwards rise to 1.70 lakh from Rs 1.20 lakh, and that of ministers of state to 1.50 lakh from 1.03 lakh.
However experts believe that a whooping 600 per cent rise in pension of former CM’s is a grievous mistake committed by the Madhya Pradesh government as there is only a difference of Rs 30,000 between a sitting CM and former CM.