New Delhi, April 30: They might differ on every second issue that comes up in the House but the Members of Parliament (MPs) waste no time to arrive at a consensus when it comes to their appraisal.
The MPs have recommended a cent per cent hike in their salaries and allowances and they feel they deserve a hike in view of "good conduct". A bill is likely to be passed in the next parliamentary session.
A parliamentary committee has suggsted that the MPs' salaries be raised from Rs 50,000 a month to a lakh and the constituency alloance from Rs 45,000 to Rs 90,000. If the proposal is accepted, an MP's compensation package will increase from Rs 1,40,000 to Rs 2,80,000.
The committee, headed by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, has also recommended a 75 per cent rise in pensions and an automatic periodic revision of salaries. The last time the MPs' salaries were hiked was six years ago.
All ministries have been sent a cabinet note for feedback. The recommendations will be forwarded to Parliament for approval after that.
The Samajwadi Party's Naresh Agarwal brought up the salary hike issue in the Rajya Sabha on Monday (April 25) saying the parliamentary committee's report on the MPs' salary and allowance has been suppressed because of media pressure.
He said the MPs deserve a hike for their "good conduct" and his thought was seconded by the Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House.