AP MLA's get tablets, iPhones as presents

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Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad, June 22: Though their was no such a high debate in the budget session, Andhra Pradesh assembly gifted Iphone and tablet each along with some other gift items to all its 370 members from both the houses.

The 20-day session was marked by pandemonium over the Telangana issue.

Even the budget was passed without any debate, but this did not prevent the government from showering gifts on the legislators.

Each legislators was gifted a Sony Xperia Z tablet, which costs about Rs 47,000 a piece.

The finance Ministry has spent Rs1.51 cr on the tablets.

The information technology department has gifted an iPhone to each of the legislators, while the industries department has presented a gift voucher of Rs 7,500.

The tribal welfare department too gave gift packs.

During the budget session in 2011, the lawmakers were given laptops, printers, scanners, iPads and mobile phones.

The legislature had then passed a bill hiking salaries and allowances of the members by about 150 per cent. The monthly pay packet increased from Rs 40,000 to Rs 95,000.

with agency inputs, OneIndia News

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