Rajya Sabha MPs demand hike in salaries, allowances
On the last day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, MPs in Rajya Sabha once again demanded that their salaries and allowances should be higher than the revised scale of the Cabinet Secretary.
Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) said after the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, wages of MPs was less than a PA in the government.
“It is less than the salary a legislator in Delhi Assembly gets. It is not even half of the revised salary of Maharashtra legislators and one-third of those in Telengana,” he said.
Yadav said while inflation has soared, the salaries of MPs, who also have to entertain a lot of public visitors, has remained static.
Last month too, SP had raised the demand for early implementation of the recommendations of a Parliamentary Committee headed by Yogi Adityanath on wages and allowances of MPs.
Yadav said the salary of MPs should be higher than the revised scale of Cabinet Secretary after the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission.
Cabinet Secretary draws Rs 2.5 lakh per month salary after the government implemented the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for central government employees and pensioners.
A joint committee of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs has prepared a report that says an MP's salary should be hiked from Rs 50,000 per month to Rs one lakh, constituency allowance from Rs 45,000 to Rs 90,000 and secretarial assistance plus office allowance from Rs 45,000 to Rs 90,000.
The recommendations have not been made public. The panel also recommended about a 75 per cent increase in pensions and an automatic mechanism for salary hike for MPs.
Anand Sharma of Congress said that this is the first time that the government is silent on a Parliamentary Committee recommendation that has been discussed and unanimously approved.
"Thousands of crores of rupees are spent on Prime Minister's visits abroad but there is no hike in salaries of MPs," he said.
Hussain Dalwai of the Congress also supported the demand.
With PTI Inputs