New Delhi : Even as disruptions shadowed the winter session of parliament, lawmakers are looking ahead to a 100 per cent salary hike which may come in the next budget, government sources said on Thursday.
A joint committee of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha has prepared a report recommending the salary of parliamentarians be hiked from the present 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.
This comes as the winter session saw the Rajya Sabha work for only 46 per cent of its time, while the Lok Sabha managed to reach the 100 per cent mark.
The panel, headed by BJP Lok Sabha member Yogi Adityanath, also recommended around 75 per cent raise in pensions and an automatic mechanism for salary hike for parliamentarians.
Highly-placed government sources told IANS that the proposal was under consideration of the finance ministry, but any changes will only come when the next budget is tabled.
“The finance ministry is considering the recommendations, but the hike will come only with the budget,” a union minister said. The report has not been tabled in parliament.
A think-tank member, who was one of the witnesses in a similar committee, said it was not necessary that the report will be made public.
The issue was raised in the Rajya Sabha during the winter session by Samajwadi Party member Naresh Agrawal who said the salary of parliamentarians must be Re1 more than that of the cabinet secretary.
The 7th Pay Commission recommended Rs2.5 lakh salary for a cabinet secretary-rank officer.
The recommendations of any parliamentary panel are, however, not mandatory for the government.