Members of Parliament want a 300% hike in their salary. Though they get just Rs 16,000 a month, they are entitled to huge perks that include Rs 20,000 office expense, Rs 1000 per day when the Parliament is in session for just shouting and disrupting the Houses. Some MPs like Vijayasanti of the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti and BJP's Jaswant Singh have an abysmal record of 10% and 45% attendence respectively.
The MPs are also entitled to free air and rail travel. Forget about corruption like the one in Commonwealth Games or money that MPs allegedly get for raising questions.
New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Monday deferred a decision on hiking the salary and allowances of MPs though the issue was discussed in detail.
The proposed increase is unlikely to be effected in the current session of Parliament.
Members of the Cabinet felt that raising MPs' emoluments at this stage in the wake of allegations of corruption in Commonwealth Games, the drought situation in some parts of the country and the inflation yet to be tamed would be seen in bad light, sources in Government said.
MPs currently get Rs 16,000 per month as salary while a secretary to the government gets Rs 80,000 a month. The proposal is to hike the salary to Rs 50,000.
Besides the base salary, an MP gets a daily allowance of Rs 1000 for each day when Parliament is in session or a sitting of a House committee is scheduled. A member is also entitled to a constituency allowance of Rs 20,000 per month and office expense allowance of another Rs 20,000 each month. Apart from these, he is also entitled to a certain number of air journeys, AC first class train travel and rent free flat or hostel accommodation through out his term.
The Joint Parliamentary Committee on Salaries, Allowances and Pensions, headed by Congress MP Charan Das Mahant, had proposed salary of Rs 80,001, arguing that an MP's salary should be at least a rupee more than that of an officer of the rank of Secretary (Rs 80,000), whom an MP outranks in the list of protocol.
Every MP can avail 34 single air journeys during a year with spouse or any number of companions or relatives.
MPs want 300 percent hike in salary
Comment: What the Government has denied the Military veterans for over two decades (Rank Pay- 4th Pay commission omission) of its legitimate pension is now ready to grant 300% salary hike for MPs who are blackmailing the Government except for the CPI who remain averse to the quantum jump!