An experts’ panel, which was set up to look into the revision of pay and allowances for Delhi’s MLAs, has recommended a hefty hike of 138 percent
from the current Rs.88,000 to Rs.2.10 lakh per month. The three-member panel includes former secretary general P.D.T. Achari, journalist K.V. Prasad and Supreme Court advocate Balraj Malik.
In its report submitted to Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, the panel has favoured a 400 per cent hike in basic salary of MLAs from Rs.12,000 to Rs.50,000 per month.
The committee was set up after a group of Aam Adami Party (AAP) MLAs asked the government for an increase in their allowances. PDT Achari said
, “The recommendations were made considering Constitutional provisions and their job profile.”
Apart from this, the committee recommended a future revision of salary as well — that it be raised by 10 per cent of the basic salary, i.e. Rs.5,000 every 12 months, from the date on which the new pay and allowances come into force.
The committee also proposed that MLAs should not be given free accommodation, and power and water reimbursements.
The committee has also suggested a communication allowance of Rs.10,000 per month as well as Rs.30,000 as monthly conveyance allowance for each MLA. In September 2011, the salary of MLAs was increased by 100 per cent by the then Sheila Dikshit government, citing inflation and the rise in the cost of living. The recommendations will be sent to the salary and allowance committee by the assembly speaker and then to the government’s law department to be finalised as a Bill. This will then be sent to the Union Home Ministry for final approval.