Parliamentary panel on MPs’ salary to revisit recommendations

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A Parliamentary panel looking into the issue of salary and allowances of MPs may revisit a number of its recommendations today. The meeting of the panel took place in the wake of criticism of its proposals like hundred per cent hike in salary, and constituency and office allowances. The panel was in favour of a large number of demands of members, including 100 per cent hike in salary, constituency allowance and office allowance of MPs, an approximately 75 per cent raise in pension of ex-MPs apart from facilities for their “companions” in place of “spouses”. However, since the issue kicked up a controversy and a number of political parties criticised the move, there has been a re-think and the panel is likely to drop some recommendations. Some of the proposals have also not found favour with the government. Some panel members are of the view that since the issue has raked up a controversy, the panel should delay a decision in the matter. Rising prices and agrarian problems in various parts also weighed on them. Parliamentary Affairs Ministry has, in its action taken note on the recommendations of the committee on June 24, rejected 40 of the 65 proposals with “not accepted, no need for any change and not agreed” noting’s. The government has expressed its readiness to consider the demand for a hike in salary, constituency and office allowances and raising the expenditure limit on furniture, but it is not in favour of other recommendations. The salary and perks of the MPs were last revised in 2010. nirtika yes

Currently an MP gets a basic salary of Rs 50,000, besides Rs 45,000 each toward constituency and office expenses, totalling Rs 1.4 lakh per month. The panel wanted to double it to Rs 2.8 lakh per month.

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