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MPs want more perks
Published on 23 Aug. 2010 12:13 AM IST
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The Government may agree to another revision in pay for Members of Parliament (MPs), as the members demand for Rs 10,000 more in perks.
According to CNN-IBN the government could agree to a nominal hike in MPs’ salary and perk.
The new pay hike could be an increase in the form of allowances of MPs; like for phone call and constituency expenses.
Earlier, on Friday, the Union Cabinet approved bill to hike MPs’ salary from current Rs 16,000 to Rs 50,000. But some ministers like Lalu Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav had rejected the offer, saying the new salary offer not enough.
The salary hike bill cleared by the cabinet on Friday was supposed to be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Saturday but wasn’t included in the revised list of business. The bill is likely to be introduced next week.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav early on Saturday to discuss about the pay hike issue.
The panel on MPs’ salary had suggested an increase in secretarial allowance from Rs 14,000 to Rs 44,000. The Cabinet has however agreed to an increase of up to Rs 20,000 only.
Even after a three-fold pay hike, Indian MPs still rank much below their fellow parliamentarians in major countries in terms of their monthly salaries.
When compared with the monthly pay of a Canadian MP, the new salary of Indian MPs is almost 11 times lower, while it is eight times lower than that of British lawmakers.

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