The Tamil Nadu government has introduced a bill that proposes 100 per cent salary hike for the state MLAs. The bill was tabled today by Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami and will come into effect tomorrow.
The Tamil Nadu government has introduced a bill that proposes 100 per cent salary hike for the state MLAs. The bill was tabled today by Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami and will come into effect tomorrow. Once the bill is passed, the monthly salary and other allowances paid to every member of the legislative assembly in Tamil Nadu will be increased from the existing Rs 55,000 to Rs 1.05 lakh. The development comes amidst a massive strike by the bus drivers in the state.
Notably, most of the transport workers unions in Tamil Nadu, except those supporting the ruling AIADMK, have been on strike since Thursday evening. The strike has affected passengers across the state. As per media reports, the authorities refused to accept the demands of the striking employees, who are seeking higher wages and kept recruiting temporary bus drivers in a desperate attempt to restore bus services in the sprawling state. Meanwhile, the Union leaders admit the strike had caused inconvenience to the people ahead of Pongal festival but claimed that the working and middle classes support their cause.
The government claims that half the fleet is back on the roads, but commuters still complain. The strike also resonated in the Tamil Nadu Assembly where DMK leader M.K. Stalin urged the Chief Minister to talk to the striking workers. Rebel AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dinakaran, speaking for the first time in the House after his election victory last month, also urged the government to resolve the problems of the strikers. Dinakaran said the strike had caused great hardships to people all over Tamil Nadu, where state-run buses play a major role in transporting hundreds of thousands of people daily.
On the proposed hike, DMK’s MK Stalin has said, “People will laugh at us for this hike when transport workers in the state are on strike demanding salary hike,” as per ANI. On the other hand, Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K.Palanisamy appealed transport unions to withdraw strike and report to work immediately.