Govt working on proposal to hike MPs` salaries

Govt is working on the proposal to raise salaries of MPs for which a Parl panel has submitted a rpt.

Updated: May 07, 2010, 18:45 PM IST

New Delhi: Government on Friday said it is
working on the proposal to raise salaries of MPs for which a
Parliamentary panel has submitted a report to Lok Sabha
Speaker and Rajya Sabha Chairman.

"I am working on it. The views of Finance and the Law
Ministries would be sought before it is sent to the Union
Cabinet," Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal told
reporters.
The Joint Committee on MPs` Salary and Allowances has
recommended a salary increase of five times and slightly above
that of a Secretary to the Government of India for
Parliamentarians.

As against Rs 16,000 per month an MP gets as salary
currently, the hike proposed by the panel on salaries and
allowances is pegged at Rs 80,000, a bit more than a
Secretary-rank official.

Justifying the proposed hike, Bansal said that the salary
of government employees has increased with the implementation
the Sixth Pay Commission and there have been a hike in the pay
packages of private sector employees too.

He, however, said that there was no pressure from the
MPs for salary hike.

Along with allowances like Rs 1,000 per sitting of
Parliament or meeting of Parliamentary committees during
inter-session period, an MP normally gets Rs 60,000 including
the salary.
The last hike in salaries and allowances of MPs was
effected some ten years back.

PTI