Tamil Nadu government today introduced a bill proposing to double the monthly salary and other allowances for MLAs even as the state reels under a crippling transport strike by transport workers, who are demanding better wages.
The announcement regarding the salary hike was made by Chief Minister Palaniswami last year in July and Palaniswami today tabled the bill regarding the same in the Assembly. Even then the state’s farmers were protesting in Delhi for loan waivers and better minimum support price.
According to reports, the monthly salary and other allowances paid to MLAs will be increased from the existing ₹55,000 to ₹1.05 lakh, nearly a 100 percent hike.
As per the announcement last year, allowances for the Chief Minister, Ministers, the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition and the Government Chief Whip have been increased with (retrospective) effect from July 1 last year.
The state government has also increased MLAs Local Area Development Fund from Rs 2 crore to 2.5 crores.
Pension for former MLAs and members of the now-defunct legislative council will be increased to Rs 20,000 from the present Rs 12,000.
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Similarly, the compensatory allowance will be Rs 10,000 from Rs 7,000 while telephone allowance has been revised to Rs 7,500 from Rs 5,000.
The constituency allowance goes up to Rs 25,000 from Rs 10,000 and consolidated allowance to Rs 5,000 from Rs 2,500.
Vehicle allowance will be upwardly revised to Rs 25,000 from 20,000. The postal allowance will continue to be same at Rs 2,500.