Panel to meet Rajnath over 400% salary-hike for Delhi MLAs
(Sourced from PTI)
Delhi Assembly on Friday formed a six-member committee to take up the issue of the proposed hike in salary of ministers and legislators with the Centre. The committee will be chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. In December 2015, the Assembly had passed a Bill seeking 400% hike in the basic salary of MLAs and ministers besides hefty increase in perks and allowances.
The other members of the committee include AAP legislators Saurabh Bharadwaj, Sanjeev Jha and Praveen Kumar and BJP's Om Prakash Sharma and Manjinder Singh Sirsa. While moving the resolution in the house, Sisodia said the bill is pending with the Union Home Ministry for its approval. They now plan to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh and request him to clear it.
The issue of salary hike was raised by AAP MLA Vishesh Ravi. He told the House that legislators face problems as they don't get enough salary. BJP MLA Sharma supported Ravi, saying the opposition members are with ruling party MLAs on the salary hike issue.
According to the bill proposed in 2015, basic salary of legislators will increase from the current Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 50,000, and their overall monthly pay will be around Rs. 2.1L as against Rs. 88,000 now. Meanwhile, basic salary of speaker, deputy-speaker, chief whip and leader of opposition will be around Rs. 80,000 and their total emoluments nearly Rs. 3.67L as against Rs. 1.2L.