Delhi: House’s approval to increase the salary of MLAs to Rs 90,000 per month, still the lowest in the country. Delhi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Seven years later, the Aam Aadmi Party government for the first time proposed a hike in the salaries of its MLAs and ministers, Delhi Assembly finally a pass bill Proposal to amend the monthly remuneration of MLA 90,000 per month from the existing Rs 54,000.
The salaries and allowances of MLAs were last revised in 2011 under the Sheila Dikshit-led government Congress government,

A resolution to increase the salary of ministers, speaker and deputy speaker, chief whip and leader of opposition to Rs 1.70 lakh from the current Rs 70,000 per month was also passed by the Delhi Assembly on Monday.
Party sources said that despite the hike and the addition of perks and facilities, the remuneration of Delhi MLAs is still the lowest in the country. In comparison, Goa MLAs get Rs 2.24 lakh, Madhya Pradesh Rs 1.10 lakh and Karnataka Rs 1.07 lakh.
Five amendment bills on enhanced wages and allowances were introduced by Law, Justice and Legislative Affairs Minister Kailash Gehlot on the first day of the two-day assembly session and were passed by voice vote after a debate. Gehlot said that due to the high prevailing price index, there was a constant demand from the MLAs for increase in their salary and allowances. He said that it was also felt that there was a need to increase the salaries of the Ministers, Speaker and other Constitutional Officers.
For this purpose, the Ministers of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Salaries and Allowances) (Amendment) Bill, 2022 has been introduced to amend the earlier law, Gehlot said, and allow legislators and ministers to “effectively allowed to work”.
In 2015, newly elected AAP The MLAs had demanded a hike in their salaries, saying the existing emoluments were not enough to run their families and offices. The state government constituted a three-member committee headed by former Lok Sabha Secretary General PDT Acharya, which proposed a 400% hike in salary from Rs 54,000 to Rs 2.1 lakh per month.
Accepting the recommendations of the committee, the Delhi Assembly approved the proposal, however, when the central government refused to approve it, it came to a halt. Six years later in August last year, the government sent a note to the Center demanding an increase in the salary of an MLA from Rs 54,000 to Rs 90,000 and a minister’s remuneration from Rs 70,000 to Rs 1.7 lakh. The Center had accepted this in May.
The basic salary of an MLA will now increase from Rs 12,000 to Rs 30,000. The constituency allowance will be increased from Rs 18,000 to Rs 25,000, while the transport allowance will be increased from Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000. Telephone allowance will be increased from Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000, while secretarial allowance will be increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000.
During the discussion in the Assembly on Monday, some MLAs still expressed their unhappiness and suggested a bigger hike. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in his address said that inflation is increasing and eating up the existing salary of MLAs. “To attract talented people into politics, there should be rewards. Corporates get a talented pool of people because of their salaries,” Sisodia argued, adding that the central government should have agreed to the proposal sent by the Delhi government in 2015.
Leader of the Opposition, BJP’s Ramveer Singh Bidhuri also supported the hike.
According to government officials, the bills now passed will be sent to the Lieutenant Governor, who will send it for the assent of the President. The new salary and allowances will be notified after getting the President’s assent.