Taking a cue from Delhi legislators, the lawmakers in Telangana have sought a three-fold hike in their salary and allowances. The MLAs and MLCs of the country’s newly formed state urged that their salaries should be increased to Rs 3 lakh a month from the present Rs 90,000 per month as per the news in February 2016. In the present scenario when hundreds of debt-ridden farmers are committing suicide, the Telangana government today passed the bill for the pay hike to MLAs and MLCs in the legislative assembly.
Finance Minister Etela Rajender will seek approval of the House for the bill under annual budget (2016-2017). With the implementation of the same, Legislators from Telangana became the country’s highest-paid state lawmakers as their gross monthly salary increased by 163% to Rs 2.5 lakh.
As per the bill passed, legislators would get Rs 2 lakh as house rent allowance (HRA) in place of the Rs 90,000 they are getting at present. The committee has also recommended a sizeable hike in pension of ex-legislators and their widows. The monthly pension amount is expected to increase from Rs 50,000 to Rs 65,000. In addition to the above benefits, lawmakers are also likely to be given gift vouchers to purchase I-phones.
Last week the members amenities committee (MAC) headed by the speaker suggested that a massive increment of 400 percent in legislators’ salary should be implemented. A Business Advisory Committee (BAC), headed by the Speaker of the assembly S Madhusudhana Chary, has recommended a whopping hike in the monthly salary of the lawmakers from the present Rs 96,000 to Rs 3.5 lakh.
After Telangana, now the Andhra Pradesh Assembly has proposed a salary hike for MLAs to at least Rs 2 lakh a month. The salary hike for the MLAs has been recommended by an Assembly committee citing rising inflation.