J&K legislators seek explanation over salary hike

The Jammu and Kashmir government had last year introduced the bill to hike the salaries of the legislators but it has not been passed yet by the legislature.

Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 18:24 PM IST

Srinagar: The demand for hike in the salaries of legislators led to commotion in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council today as the members sought an explanation from the Government over the delay in bringing the bill for the purpose.

As soon as the `Question Hour` ended senior Congress Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Abdul Gani Vakil asked Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather about the government`s commitment to hike the salary of the legislators made last year.

"In presence of the Chief Minister, I request Finance Minister to tell us what happened to their commitment of increasing our salaries," Vakil asked. The other members of the council joined the chorus.

In his reply, Rather said that the government has fulfilled the commitment but it was waiting for the approval of the house.

The Jammu and Kashmir government had last year introduced the bill to hike the salaries of the legislators but it has not been passed yet by the legislature.

PTI