Himachal Assembly adjourns sine die
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Last Updated: Friday, April 06, 2012, 16:34
Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Friday adjourned sine die after passing the HP Lokayukta Bill and four other legislations.

The five-week budget session had 21 sittings, including two private member days. The Governors' address and state budget for 2012-13 along with several legislations were passed.

The session was marked by a number of walkouts and boycott by Congress members, who continued to boycott Health Minister Rajiv Bindal till the end of the session.

The Assembly passed four amendment bills, seeking a hike in salaries and allowances of MLAs, Ministers, Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) and Parliamentary Secretaries.

The bills proposed an increase of over Rs 23,000 per month in the emoluments of the MLAs which included hike in salaries and constituency allowances of members from Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 to Rs 20,000 and Rs 35,000 per month.

The minimum pension of ex-MLAs would be raised from Rs 14,000 to Rs 18,000 per month.

The hike would entail an expenditure of Rs 3.30 crore per annum.

The salary of the Chief Minister would be increased by Rs 5,000 from Rs 34,000 to Rs 39,000, Ministers from Rs 31,000 to Rs 36, 000, Ministers of state from Rs 28,000 to Rs 33,000, Chief Parliamentary Secretary from Rs 18,000 to Rs 23,000 and Parliamentary Secretary from Rs 17,000 to Rs 22,000 per month.

Similarly, the salaries of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker would also be increased from Rs 31,000 and Rs 28,000 to Rs 36,000 and Rs 33,000 per month respectively.


First Published: Friday, April 06, 2012, 16:34

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