Chandigarh, Mar 31: Haryana legislators today demanded hike in their salary and allowances after which the Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to bring a Bill to hike the salary and allowances of the MLAs.
Barring Congress, whose members did not attend the session today, the ruling BJP, main opposition INLD, BSP and Independents all strongly backed the demand for hike in pay and allowances, prompting Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to say, "Today, everyone is beaming with joy, there is clapping and unprecedented unity is seen (on the issue)".
Three days back, a House Committee had been formed which dwelled into the issue seeking information from neighbouring states on pay and allowances of the legislators. The Committee wasted no time and quickly prepared the report favouring the hike.
On the last day of the budget session of the Haryana Assembly today, lone BSP member Tek Chand Sharma moved a resolution, saying salary and allowances of the MLAs should be increased. "In Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Telangana, Delhi and in Jharkhand, there have been examples of hike in pay and allowances, recently.
A committee which had been formed three days back has submitted its report," the BSP member said.
He told the House that while Congress may have stayed away from attending the proceedings to protest its three MLAs suspension for tearing copies of the Governor's Address, the party legislator Lalit Nagar "had quickly given his view on the salary hike and signed the report".
"This (resolution) should be passed today," the BSP MLA said, even as there was loud thumping of the benches, both from BJP and main opposition INLD benches.
"We promise you (pointing towards Speaker) that no where will you find any MLA involved in any corrupt practice," Tek Chand said, without elaborating. INLD's Zakir Hussain seconded the proposal, saying it was need of the present times to increase the salary and allowances of MLAs. "The committee has given its report.
Chief Minister has accepted in-principle the resolution put up here today," Haryana Parliamentary Affairs minister Ram Bilas Sharma said. Gian Chand Gupta, Dr Banwari Lal (of BJP), Zakir Husain (INLD), Tek Chand (BSP), Lalit Nagar (Cong) and Jai Prakash (Independent) were the members of the committee.