New Delhi, Mar 1: Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal to increase the allowance for Members of Parliament. The cabinet, in its meeting, decided to increase allowances by amending Housing and Telephone Facilities (Members of Parliament) Rules, 1956, Members of Parliament (Constituency Allowance) Rules, 1986, and Members of Parliament (Office Expense Allowance) Rules, 1988. The move will increase their salaries by Rs 40,000. Also Read - Monsoon Session of Parliament May Begin From August-end or September Amid COVID-19: Reports
Ministry of Parliamentary affairs, in a statement, said that MPs will be withdrawing Rs 70,000 per month as constituency allowance instead of Rs 45,000 per month at present. Similarly, office expenses allowance has also been increased to Rs 60,000 from Rs 45,000. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus, Central Hall Likely to Host Proceedings of Monsoon Session of Parliament
Ministry added that the furniture allowance which is being paid to the parliamentarians once in five years, is also increased to Rs one lakh from Rs 75,000. Also Read - Virtual Parliament: Rajya Sabha Chairman, Lok Sabha Speaker Plan Way Forward to Hold Monsoon Session Amid COVID-19
The new move will have additional financial implication of more than Rs 39 crore and Rs 6.64 crore on account of recurring and non-recurring expenditures respectively.
“The decision of the Cabinet will be conveyed to Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament for making amendments in the relevant rules. It will be approved and confirmed by the Chairman and the Speaker and will be published in the Official Gazette,” the ministry said.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his Budget speech, had said that the government will devise a permanent mechanism to revise salaries of lawmakers every five years and it will be adjusted as per inflation.