Friday, August 20, 2010

Cabinet approve hike in MP's salary three fold, increase in perks and pension

The Cabinet approved a three fold hike of the salaries of MP's. The basic salary of the MPs will be hiked from Rs 16,000 to Rs 50,000 per month. The salary hike is lower than the figure of 80,001, which was recommended by the parliamentary committee, reports Yahoo News.

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New Delhi, Aug 20 (PTI) Salaries of MPs will be hiked by more than three times with the Union Cabinet today approving a bill over which differences among ministers had surfaced earlier this week.

A meeting of the Cabinet gave its nod to the bill under which the basic salary of the MPs will be hiked from Rs 16,000 to Rs 50,000 per month. However, this is much less than the figure of Rs 80,001 recommended by the parliamentary committee which had said the MPs should get more than government secretaries as the former are above them in the hierarchy.

The Cabinet also approved increase in office expenses of parliamentarians from Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000 per month. The constituency allowance has also been doubled from Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000 per month, government sources said.

The limit for interest-free loan for MPs for buying a personal vehicle has been hiked four-fold to Rs 4 lakh from the present Rs 1 lakh. The government also approved a hike in road mileage rate for vehicles used by MPs from Rs 13 per km to Rs 16 per km.

Spouse of a parliamentarian can now travel any number of times in first class or executive class, the sources said. Pension benefits have also been increased from Rs 8,000 to Rs 20,000 per month.

Earlier this week, the Cabinet had deferred a decision on it in view of lack of consensus. The dissenting Ministers had referred to the farmers' suicide and allegations of corruption in Commonwealth Games while making the point that the hiking the salaries of MPs at the moment would be seen in the bad light.

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