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Delhi assembly passes bill to give 66% hike to its MLAs , ministers after 11 years

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Monday, After 11 years, The Delhi Assembly passed bills seeking a 66 per cent hike in salaries and allowances of its members that including ministers, MLAs, chief whip, Speaker, deputy Speaker and the Opposition Leader. The five bills which proposed a 66.67% salary hike for Delhi lawmakers were tabled by Minister for law, justice and legislative affairs Kailash Gahlot. The Delhi legislators remain one of the lowest paid lawmakers of the country.

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The bill will now be presented to the President of India for approval. Once done, the hike in salary will come into effect. During the session, members stressed that salaries should commensurate with rising prices and work done by the legislators. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said, “To invite talented people into politics, there has to be rewards. The corporates get talented pool of people because of the salaries.” BJP MLA and Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri also supported the pay hike.

In Delhi, a member of legislative assembly (MLA) gets ₹54,000 per month as salary and allowances, which will be hiked to ₹90,000 after the bills get the president’s nod. According to official figures, an MLA currently draws a monthly salary of ₹12,000 which will go up to ₹30,000 after the bills get approved by the president. The constituency allowance will go up to ₹25,000 from ₹18,000, while the conveyance allowance will be hiked to ₹10,000 from ₹6,000.

The telephone allowance will see a hike of ₹2,000 from ₹8,000 to ₹10,000, while the secretarial allowance will from ₹10,000 to ₹15,000. In 2015, the Delhi Assembly had given its nod to form a committee to formulate the hike in salaries proposal. The committee headed by MLA Vishesh Ravi had sent some figures to the Centre, but they were not accepted.

“Today, @DelhiAssembly passed five bills to increase the salary & allowances of Ministers, MLAs, Chief Whip, Speaker & Dy. Speaker and Leader of Opposition after 11 long years since the last increase. These bills will come into force after approval of President of India,” Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot said in a tweet.

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had in May conveyed its prior approval to the Delhi government to introduce legislative proposals in the Delhi Assembly for the revision of MLAs’ salary and allowances. Subsequently, the government introduced five bills in the assembly in this regard.

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