Following the recent hikes in salaries of few state lawmakers, Members of Parliament have asked for salary hike. The proposal has been hanging in the parliament for a very long time, but the issue has been moved down by PMO. According to the sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is against the rise in the salaries of MPs. The MPs have been waiting for a long time and expecting a positive reply from Narendra Modi, but it seems that they will have to wait for some more time as the Prime Minister is against the hike.
Narendra Modi believes that MPs cannot decide the salary hike for themselves. He is only in favour of certain lawmakers when it comes to increase in salary who, according to him, deserve a hike. They are President and Vice President. He also does not like that a bill is passed every time when hike is required. These are his views, but at the same time, there has not been any conformation as to what is the final decision. We are yet to hear from the PMO for the last time on this issue.
The voters can see the salary hike happening frequently and also it has been seen that the lawmakers work very hard when it comes to salary hike. Recently, a bill was passed in Delhi Assembly for a salary hike.
According to a Parliamentary Committee, the MPs salary has to be raised from Rs. 50,000 a month to one lakh and also the constituency allowance has to raised from Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 90,000. And if that happens, on an average, the Centre will spend Rs. 250 crore annually more if the Prime Minister gives a nod to this decision.
The hike was proposed by a Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament, which is headed by Gorakhpur MP and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath. They proposed a 100% hike in the salary of the MPs. They also proposed that they want the pension of the former MPs to be increased.
Till they get a nod from the PMO, the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry will be circulating a note and they will be trying to understand what other ministers have to say in that matter. The session in the Parliament is coinciding with the elections in five states. As the salary hike is giving rise to a lot of debates, some of the Parliamentarians from the Left have suggested that a separate body should be setup for deciding the salary hike of the MPs.
The last hike in the salary of the MPs happened in the year 2010. At that time, a lot of the MPs said that the process need to be made time bound the way it happens in appointment of the pay panels.