On July 4, the Delhi assembly approved legislation that would have increased legislators’ pay by 66.67 percent. After the President signs the measure, the members of the legislative assembly would receive Rs 90,000 per month instead of Rs 54,000.
Kailash Gahlot, a minister for law, justice, and legislative affairs in Delhi, submitted five salary and allowance reform measures to raise the pay and benefits of ministers, the speaker and deputy speaker, the leader of the opposition, the chief whip, and assembly members.
The wage revision request made by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi administration had been approved by the Union Home Ministry in May. The introduction of these legislation in the House was also endorsed by the lieutenant governor Vinai Kumar Saxena last week.
The proposals call for raising the pay and benefits of the speaker, deputy speaker, chief whip, and leader of the opposition from Rs. 72,000 to Rs. 170,000.
An MLA presently receives a salary of Rs 12,000 per month, but if the president signs the legislation, that income would increase to Rs 30,000. The conveyance allowance would increase from Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000, while the constituency allowance will increase from Rs 18,000 to Rs 25,000.
The secretarial allowance will increase from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 while the telephone allowance will increase by Rs. 2,000 from Rs. 8,000 to Rs.
The Delhi Assembly has approved the formation of the committee to draught the proposal for the pay increase in 2015. Some numbers were given to the Center by the committee led by MLA Vishesh Ravi, but they were rejected.
With 62 MLAs, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party enjoys a complete majority in the 70-member assembly. Eight people make up the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The legislation will be forwarded by the assembly secretariat to the Delhi government’s department of law, justice, and legislative affairs, which will then transmit them to the LG’s office, from whence they would be conveyed to the President via the home ministry.