Union Cabinet to decide salary hike for MPs

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Parliament Of India
New Delhi, Aug 16: The Union Cabinet is likely to take final decision on the approval of salary hike for the Members of Parliament on Monday, Aug 16.

MPs currently get Rs 16,000 per month as salary while a secretary to the government gets Rs 80,000 a month.

Sources say, the issue has been pending since May 2006 when the second joint committee looked into MPs" salary. The generous 6th Pay Commission hike, adopted by most state governments, added to the disquiet among MPs.

However, there are lingering questions whether the work done by MPs justifies this kind of salary.

The recommendation was made by a committee led by Charandas Mahant, a Congress MP from Chhattisgarh. The panel included MPs people from various parties, like V Maitreyan of AIADMK, S S Ahluwalia of BJP, Rajiv Shukla of Congress and Ramgopal Yadav of SP.

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