Chandigarh: Haryana MLAs got a huge hike in salary and allowances as on Thursday, the Haryana Assembly here unanimously passed the Bill. The monthly salary and allowances of a legislator will jump to Rs 1.5 lakh.
As per the Bill, keeping in view the rise in cost of living, it was proposed to increase salary of MLAs to Rs. 40,000 per month from Rs 30,000 per month.
Constituency allowance will be doubled to Rs. 60,000 per month from Rs 30,000, office allowance will be Rs. 25,000 per month from Rs 10,000 per month, Sumptuary allowance will double to Rs. 10,000 from Rs. 5000.
For a maximum of 15 days in a month, the Daily allowance will go up from Rs 1500 to Rs 2000.
Free traveling facility will be Rs. 3 lakh per year, currently at the rate of Rs 2 lakh per year.
Telephone allowance at the rate of Rs 15,000 per month for a telephone at residence is being substituted to a telephone and a mobile phone for residence.
The State Assembly was informed that the proposed increase in salary, office allowance and constituency allowance etc will entail an extra expenditure of approximately over Rs 9 crore per year from the State exchequer.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister – Ram Bilas Sharma introduced the Bill. The Bill was passed on the last day of the monsoon session of the State Assembly.
The Haryana Legislative Assembly (Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members) Amendment Bill was tabled yesterday.
However, it was further informed that the daily allowance cannot be ascertained at this stage as this will depend upon the tours of the MLAs.
After the Bill was tabled in the Haryana Assembly, Tek Chand Sharma who is leader of BSP had said that though in protocol the MLAs were above the state chief secretary.
The salary hike proposed in the Bill had disappointed the elected representatives. After this Ram Bilas Sharma assured the Assembly House that a consensus would be developed on the issue in guidance with the Speaker.
Then, the House decided to discuss and take up the Bill on Thursday.