At a time when thousands of people are losing their jobs or forced to accept a massive pay cut, Rajasthan chief minister, ministers,
Speaker and Rajasthan MLAs are all set to get a second salary hike within a year.
Bill to be tabled in Assembly
On Monday, the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Officers and Members emoluments and Pension Bill (Amendment) will be tabled. It will be tabled along with eight other Bills.
The Bill proposes to increase the salary and allowances of the chief minister, Cabinet ministers, Speaker, Leader of Opposition and MLAs. It also proposes to increase the pension of former MLAs.
The exact amount of the hike would be known once the Amendment Bill is presented. However, the CM, Cabinet ministers, Speaker and the Leader of Opposition are likely to get a
hike of at least Rs 10,000 per month.
Salary increased last year too
Exactly a year ago, the salary of the CM and the MLAs was raised along. Similalrly, the pension of the MLAs was also raised. But, there was dissatisfaction among the MLAs as the hike was not adequate.
Last year, through the amendment, the salary of the chief minister was increased from ₹55,000 to ₹75,000. Similarly, Cabinet minister’s salary increased from ₹45,000 to ₹65,000. At the same time, the Assembly Speaker’s salary was increased from ₹50,000 to ₹70,000, and state ministers’ from ₹42,000 to 62,000.
The statement of the last year’s Bill said, “Looking to the present level of price, the existing salary and sumptuary and other allowances payable to the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Ministers, Ministers of State, Deputy Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries appeared to be inadequate.”
“Under these circumstances, it has been considered expedient to increase the salary and sumptuary and other allowances payable to the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Ministers, Ministers of State, Deputy Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries. Therefore, necessary amendments in sections 3, 4, 5 and 7-B of the Rajasthan Ministers’ Salaries Act, 1956 (Act No 43 of 1956) have been respectively proposed vide clauses 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the Bill. The Bill seeks to achieve the aforesaid objectives.”
The allowances of MLAs were also increased. The increase in ministers’ salaries last year resulted in a burden of Rs 2.10 crore on the state exchequer. Similarly, an increase in MLAs’ salaries itself was a burden of Rs 29.36 crore to the exchequer.
Proposed hike to add to the burden of state exchequer
The last increase in salaries and allowances was made in April 2017. Thus, the proposed hike will be a further burden of about Rs 20 to Rs 25 crores. The state government spends Rs 35 crores in pension to the former MLAs.
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