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NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government is set to double the salaries and allowances of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs). If the proposal is accepted by the Finance Ministry, each MP will now get Rs 2.8 lakhs per month as salary + allowance.
According to a report in Indian Express, the government has proposed increasing the monthly salary of MPs from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh, constituency allowance from Rs 45,000 to Rs 90,000 and secretarial assistance plus office allowance from Rs 45,000 to Rs 90,000.
Basic pension will also be raised from Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000. Those who have served for more than 5 years will get an additional Rs 2,000 for every year.
If the Finance Ministry agrees to allocate the amount, Parliament will amend the Salary, Allowance and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill to incorporate the changes.
“The ministry is expected to accept the proposals,” said a top government official to Indian Express. The Finance Minister had allocated Rs 295.25 crore for Lok Sabha MPs and Rs 121.96 crore for Rajya Sabha MPs.
The Joint Committee on Members’ Salary and Allowance had also recommended increase in car loan and furniture allowance for MPs, which has been accepted.
On the other hand, some recommendations have been rejected. The ministry decided to reject demands by the Joint Committee, headed by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, to relax norms in amenities for MPs and former members. Proposals to provide housing loans for MPs, special guest houses in all constituencies, housing societies, exemption from payment at toll plazas and canteen facilities on par with those of armed forces personnel were rejected. There was also a recommendation to increase their daily allowance from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000, which was rejected.