The last salary hike was effected in 2010 when it was raised from Rs 16,000 to Rs 50,000 per month. An MP also gets Rs 45,000 per month as the constituency allowance and daily allowance of Rs 2,000 to attend Parliament and meetings of its committees.
New Delhi : Even while the Government is stonewalling session after session the MPs’ demand for the salary hike, the joint committee of Parliament on salaries and allowances to the MPs will be meeting once again on Friday to raise the demand.
The joint committee had recommended in July 2015 to double the salary, but the government cold-shouldered it. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath was then chairman of the committee. Now former union minister and BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya heads the 15-member committee.
The committee members say even doubling of the salary recommended in 2015 is not enough since the government has implemented the 7th Pay Commission recommendations with effect from January 2016 that has hiked the bureaucrats’ salaries much above those of the MPs. They say they would be seeking more salary than Rs 1 lakh per month recommended by the Adityanath-led committee in the meeting on Friday.
They will cite a directive issued by Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to the government on December 29 to revise the salary and emoluments of the MPs, saying they are “long pending” and supposed to be revised after implementation of the 7th Pay Commission for the central staff.
The government has so far avoided revising the emoluments of the MPs but it will not be able to hold them back any longer since the Chairman had directed the minister of state for parliamentary affairs to convey his concern over the delay to the government and get back to the House with the government’s response.
The directive came two days after the Samajwadi Party’s MP Naresh Agrawal raised the issue in the House as he has been doing since past three sessions to express concern over the government sitting tight over the MPs being paid much below what the government officers get. He wanted that the MPs must get at least a Rupee more than the Cabinet Secretary whose new monthly pay is Rs 2.50 lakh besides the house rent allowance (HRA) of Rs 60,000.
The committee members say Agrawal should not compare the MP’s salary with that of the Cabinet Secretary as the latter was earlier getting Rs 90,000 as against the MP’s Rs 50,000, but it should be certainly not less than the salary of a secretary in the Government of India.