Party time for Del ministers, mammoth 100% hike in salaries

Sheila Dixit
New Delhi, Sep 6: While a major part of the nation is struggling to earn a day's bread, one other hand, the high-profile Delhi ministers and MLAs have given themselves more than a double bonanza, by hiking their salaries by more than double. They would enjoy a mammoth 100% hike in their salaries. This, does not include enhanced medical benefits and outstation travel allowances which they will get over and above their salary cheques.

The Bill, which was already approved by the Home Ministry in July, was tabled by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday. The ministry had earlier rejected a proposal for a 300 per cent hike.

As per government calculations, an MLA who was earlier getting a salary of Rs 22,000, will now earn Rs 44,000. And a minister who drew Rs 33,000 will now get Rs 68,000. While salaries of MLAs have doubled, it's more than a 100% hike for ministers. Add to this, other benefits and claims which will raise their earnings to Rs 82,000. In case of a minister, it will add up to over Rs 1 lakh.

Their basic salary has doubled to Rs12,000, up from Rs 6000. The daily allowance of Rs 500, subject to a maximum of 40 days, has now gone up to Rs 1000 for the same term. Now, an MLA will get constituency allowance of Rs 18,000 against an earlier payout of Rs 8000. Conveyance allowance has been increased to Rs 6000 from Rs 4000.

"Everyone's salaries have been raised in the wake of 6th pay commission. The salaries of the labours have increased, so it was obvious that MLAS salaries would increase too. The Delhi MLAs have the lowest salary. They don't even get any house or anything. This issue was being discussed for last one and half years. The Home Ministry and the Finance Ministry looked into it and then we implemented it now," said Sheila Dikshit.

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