Home Ministry returns bill on 400% salary hike for Delhi MLAs, for the second time

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New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2017 12:45:30 PM

Seeking for more clarification, the Home Ministry, for the second time has returned a Delhi government bill to provide 400 per cent salary hike for MLAs of the national capital.

Other than the hike in salaries, the bill also included hefty increase in perks and allowances. (Reuters)Other than the hike in salaries, the bill also included hefty increase in perks and allowances. (Reuters)

Seeking for more clarification, the Home Ministry, for the second time has returned a Delhi government bill to provide 400 per cent salary hike for MLAs of the national capital. Other than the hike in salaries, the bill also included hefty increase in perks and allowances. Sources from the Home Ministry has confirmed that the Member of Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi (salaries, allowances, pension etc) Amendment Bill has been sent back to the government, citing lack of clarity on a number of issues.

The Home Ministry is believed to have objected to the proposed huge jump in the salary and allowances of the Delhi MLAs saying the burden on exchequer would not be commensurate to the revenues of the city government. As per the bill, the basic salary of MLAs is proposed to be increased from current Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000 and their overall monthly package to Rs 2.1 lakh as against existing Rs 88,000, which will make Delhi legislators the highest paid lawmakers in the country.

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This was for the second time the Home Ministry has returned the bill to the Delhi government. Last year, it had asked the Arvind Kejriwal government regarding the calculation which was performed to arrive at the figures mentioned in the bill. It was not clear what method has been used to calculate the salaries for MLA and the Speaker, sources said.

However, the bill was re-sent by the Delhi government to the Home Ministry for consideration and approval.

(With inputs from agencies)

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