New Delhi : Delhi AAP government is poised for a mega salary hike, not for the Aam Aadmi, but for the Aam Aadmi elected AAP MLAs as Kejriwal government has announced a salary hike of a slab of 400% for its elected legislative assembly MLAs. A three-member committee chaired by former Secretary General of Lok Sabha PDT Achary, in its report submitted to Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, has favoured a 400 percent hike in basic salary of MLAs from Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000 per month. Salary and allowances of Delhi MLAs may see a whopping two-and-half fold hike from current Rs 88,000 per month to Rs 2.10 lakh if recommendations of an expert panel are accepted by the government.
Since July, the demand raised by AAP legislators for a proposed salary hike was taken under consideration and a committee was setup to look into the matter. The committee made the abovesaid recommendations and claimed that the recommendations were made considering Constitutional provisions and the legislators’ job profile.
Apart from basic salary, the committee has recommended hiking constituency allowance from current Rs 18,000 to Rs 50,000, saying the current amount was grossly inadequate. A reimbursible sum of Rs 70,000 per month has also been recommended as allowance under Secretarial, Research and Office Assistance head which is stated at Rs 30,000 presently. Additionally, an office rental and related utilities allowance of Rs 25,000 has been recommended for meeting expenditure on office space and other essential amenities provided by government agencies.
The report of committee handed over to the Speaker will now be put before the Assembly’s Committee of Salary and Allowances for consideration. Thereafter the government will consider it and, if accepted, come up with a Bill.