Orissa MLAs demand increase in salaries, perks
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Last Updated: Monday, March 15, 2010, 20:44
Bhubaneswar: Cutting across party lines, Orissa law makers on Monday demanded an immediate hike in their salaries and perks in view of the price rise of essential commodities and fuel.

The issue was raised in the Assembly during Zero Hour when MLAs belonging to both the treasury bench and opposition unitedly justified the demand for hiking their salaries.

While an MLA in Orissa received a total of Rs 21,000 per month including Rs 5,000 as salary, those in other states including neighbouring West Bengal received more, Independent member Pratap Sarangi said.

"Our salaries are less than that of a class-IV state government employee," Sarangi, who was supported by many including Congress member S S Saluja, said.

Ruling BJD member Pradeep Maharathy said that MLAs felt ashamed to go to their constituencies on motorcycles when officers used cars.

While opposition members rushed to well of the House demanding hike in their salaries, treasury bench members stood on their seats to express solidarity.

"The government will examine the demand of MLAs if the proposal comes through the Amenities Committee of the Assembly," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Raghunath Mohanty said.


First Published: Monday, March 15, 2010, 20:44

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