Five bills have been passed in the Delhi Assembly regarding the increase in the salaries and allowances of ministers, MLAs, and others by 66.67 percent. When the bill is passed and the President signs it, the salaries of the legislators and others will increase from Rs 54,000 to Rs 90,000, including all allowances.
The basic pay of the MLAs and ministers will now increase from Rs 12,000 to Rs 30,000 and allowances like travelling, telephone bills and others will go up to Rs 90,000.
In the two-day Delhi Assembly session to increase the salaries of all the ministers, chief minister, MLAs, Chief Whip, Speaker, Deputy Speaker, and the Leader of Opposition. The bills were finally passed after three hours of long debate and discussion by the members of the Legislative Assembly. The decision to raise the salary was agreed by all members, including the Leader of Opposition Ramvir Singh Bidhuri.
While giving his assent to the bill, the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia expresses, “The proposal is to increase the basic salary of the members from Rs 12,000 to Rs 30,000. The success of any institution depends on talent and their salary is an integral part of this talent. We get our salaries from the taxpayers, so we should thank the public for the increment in the salaries from Rs 54,000 to Rs 90,000.”
The Assembly members also mentioned that the lowest paid legislators in the entire country are the Delhi legislators. The Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, AAP legislator and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) vice-chairman Saurabh Bhardwaj, and others also agreed to the bill.
According to the salary breakup shared by Delhi government, following approval, the base salary of MLAs will be increased from Rs 12,000 to Rs 30,000; constituency allowance from Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000; telephone bill from Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000. Whereas secretariat allowance has been increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000. If approved, travel facilities of MLAs will also increase from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.
The Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena approved the bill to increase the salaries of MLAs by 66.67 percent a few days ago. Now, the file will be sent to the President for final approval.
The AAP government sent a proposal to increase the salary of members of the Delhi Assembly after a gap of 11 years but they were not approved by the Centre.