New Delhi: The Delhi
assembly Monday approved a hike in salary, allowances and
reimbursements of legislators, nearly tripling their monthly pay
packet to Rs.80,000, an official said.
A legislator presently gets around Rs.32,000 per month, including
allowances and reimbursements.
While the basic salary has been increased from Rs.6,000 to
Rs.12,000 per month, the constituency allowance has been hiked
from Rs.8,000 to Rs.18,000.
The monthly allowance for telephone facilities has been increased
from Rs.4,000 to Rs.8,000. The annual travel facilities have also
been increased. They will now get an annual travel allowance of
Rs.50,000 instead of Rs.35,000.
Besides these, the reimbursement of the legislators' monthly
electricity and water consumption has been doubled from Rs.2,000
The salary of cabinet ministers has also been nearly doubled
taking their total salary and allowances, including petrol
allowance, to over Rs.1 lakh.
Each minister is eligible for getting free 700 litres of petrol
which costs over Rs.60 per litre. This allowance alone would get
them over Rs.42,000 a month. Their constituency allowance is
Rs.18,000, same as other legislators.
Ministers' basic salary has been hiked from Rs.10,000 to Rs.20,000
The lawmakers' pay was last increased in June 2007.
The Delhi government, over the last year, has been trying to hike
the legislators' salaries citing inflation and the rise in living