Bhopal: The salaries and perks drawn by
the legislators from Madhya Pradesh has recorded a rise of 900
percent during the last 15 years in stark contrast with the
pension assigned to the elderly living under poverty line,
With the development funds sanctioned for the
law-makers going up by 300 per cent, the old living below the
poverty line still get a pension of only Rs 275 per month,
Of the measly sum of Rs 275, the state government`s
contribution is Rs 75, while the remaining Rs 200 comes from
In the last fifteen years, the salary of legislators
has gone up from Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000 but because of various
allowances, the ministers take home Rs 65,000 per month while
the MLAs more than Rs 50,000, they said.
The Union Rural Development Ministry in its order
dated June 30 created two categories for those getting old age
pension under the BPL.
Under this, those between the ages of 60 to 79 get a
pension of Rs 200 per month while those above the age of 80
get Rs 500.
The Centre also lowered the age for getting pension
from 65 to 60 as it is of the view that those who have reached
the age of 60 should get the benefit of social pension.
At present 169 lakh persons above the age of 65 years
and living below poverty line are receiving Central assistance
under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme.