The Delhi Cabinet on Tuesday ratified a salary hike for MLAs following the Centre’s proposal, raising the pay scale to Rs 30,000 from Rs 12,000 per month. This was mandated just a day after the Centre declined the plan to raise salaries of MLAs at par with other state legislatures.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led cabinet approved the Centre’s proposed salary for MLAs, despite the government regulation stating the lowest pay scale for Delhi’s MLAs across India. The AAP government had appealed to the MHA regarding their salary and allowances to be at par with MLAs of other states.
In December 2015, the AAP government had issued a Bill in the Delhi assembly, increasing the prerequisite of MLAs to Rs 2.10 lakh a month. However, the bill turned out to be null and void as prior permission was not taken from authorities before channelling it in the assembly.
“The Centre restricted increase in salary of MLAs in Delhi to Rs 30,000; Delhi’s MLAs will continue to be among the lowest-paid MLAs in India,” a source in the government asserted.
A Delhi MLA earns Rs 53,000 per month. This comprises Rs 12,000 as salary, and the rest are miscellaneous allowances. As per the reports, “They can get a revised salary of Rs 30,000 and Rs 60,000 as allowances, summing up to Rs 90,000 a month.”
The revised salary and allowances division includes a basic salary of Rs 30,000, constituency allowance Rs 25,000, secretarial allowance Rs 15,000, telephone allowance of Rs 10,000, and conveyance allowance.