Delhi assembly passes the bill to hike the salary of its legislators

The Delhi Assembly, in a special two-day session, has passed the Bill to hike the salary of its legislators.

The Bill was tabled by the Kejriwal-led government and is all set to double the salary and allowances of MLAs.

The bill proposes a 66.67% salary hike for Delhi lawmakers. The Bill will be sent to the President for its assent. Once approved, the lawmakers in Delhi will be paid ₹90,000 a month, a raise from the existing ₹54,000 a month.

In the first week of May, the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) approved the increase, opening the way for the revision.

As per a government source, presently the Delhi MLAs get altogether Rs. 54,000 a month from which Rs. 12,000 is as the salary and the remaining for various allowances. By this revision, it will make the monthly salary Rs. 30,000 which along with the allowances will be Rs. 90,000 per month.

Prior to this in May, Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel appealed to the Ministry of Home Affairs to compare the salaries with other state MLAs as he claimed that many MLAs of the states like UP, and MP get around ₹2 lakh as the total amount, news agency ANI reported.

Moreover the salary and allowances of Delhi MLAs were last revised in 2011. However, after winning an overwhelming majority of the vote in 2015, the Delhi government demanded a hike upto Rs. 2.10 lakh a month as salary and allowances for the MLAs, but the MHA dismissed.

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