No pay hike for MPs of 14th Lok Sabha: Cabinet

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New Delhi, Apr 3 (UNI) Members of the present Lok Sabha will not have any salary hike as the Cabinet today decided to leave the issue for the new House which will be constituted after the elections expected in March/April next year.

The Cabinet considered the salary hike proposal at its weekly meeting and felt that it would not be prudent to raise the emoluments of MPs towards the fag end of the 14th Lok Sabha, official sources said.

Earlier, the government was expected to set up a commission to recommend the salaries and allowances of MPs who now get a monthly salary of Rs 16,000, a constituency allowance of Rs 20,000 a month and a daily allowance of Rs 1,000. MPs get a pension of Rs 6,000 a month when they cease to be members.

Until now, MPs themselves were raising their pay and allowances by amending the MPs Act 1954, but recently agreed to leave the decision to a commission to stay away from criticism by the general public.

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