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Delhi govt makes fresh appeal for legislators salary hike

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 23:59

New Delhi: Unperturbed by Centre`s rejection
of its proposal to hike salaries of MLAs and ministers up to
300 per cent, the Delhi government is again preparing to send
the file to Union Home Ministry with minor changes.

The entire proposal will come up for discussion in the
Cabinet next week.

In the revised proposal, the government has dropped the
demand for allocating certain amount of petrol to the
legislators per month, sources said.

Similarly, the demand for interest-free car loans of Rs
seven lakh been brought down to Rs four lakh.

The Centre had rejected a Delhi Government proposal
seeking a hike of up to 200 per cent in the monthly salary of
MLAs and 300 per cent increase in the salaries drawn by
ministers in the city.

As per the revised proposal, the basic salary of MLA`s has
been sought to be increased from existing Rs 6,000 to Rs
20,000, while the ministers` basic salary per month has been
proposed at Rs 25,000 from current Rs 10,000.

An MLA who currently gets nearly Rs 32,000 monthly,
including all incentives, will get around Rs 70,000. The
salary of ministers, who now get around Rs 36,000 monthly, had
been sought to be increased to around Rs 90,000.

The proposal also fix 20,000 units of free power for
legislators per month, while it fixed 10,000 kilolitre of
water free of charge per month. It also proposes free 20 each
air and rail travel per year.

The house rent has been sought to be increased from
current Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000 per month, while office
allowance has been proposed at Rs 25,000 per month.

Travel allowance has been proposed to be increased to Rs
10,000 from existing Rs 4,000 per month, while stationery
allowance has been sought to be increased to Rs 5,000 from Rs
1,000.

The proposal seeks implementation of the revised salary
with effect from December 2009.

A senior official said the entire issue will come up for
discussion in Delhi Cabinet this month after which it will be
sent to the Home Ministry for approval.

Earlier, the Home Ministry had said that as salary of
legislators are revised after every five years, so any hike of
salary of Delhi legislators could be considered only in 2012
as their salary was hiked in 2007.

The official said the proposal has been prepared on the
ground that inflation has gone up substantially and all the
government officials were given hefty hike in the salaries
following the Sixth Pay Commission report.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 23:59
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