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Updated: August 22, 2010 09:03 IST

MPs may get Rs.10,000 more

Smita Gupta
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MONEY MATTERS: RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav led the protest in Lok Sabha on Friday, demanding more salary for MPs. File Photo
The Hindu MONEY MATTERS: RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav led the protest in Lok Sabha on Friday, demanding more salary for MPs. File Photo

The government appears to have achieved a compromise with the Opposition parties on the issue of increasing the salary and allowances of members of Parliament. Top sources told The Hindu that while the government had rejected the demand to increase the salary from the current Rs. 16,000 to the Rs. 80,001 recommended by a Parliamentary Committee, it was willing to add another Rs. 10,000 to the allowances that MPs get.

The formula arrived at, the sources said, was that the current salary would be increased to Rs. 50,000 – as recommended by the Union Parliamentary Affairs Ministry, and which was earlier rejected by the Opposition parties as being a dilution of the parliamentary committee's recommendations — but that the constituency allowance which was being upped from Rs. 20,000 a month to Rs. 40,000 a month could now be pegged at Rs. 50,000 – an increase of Rs. 10,000 over what the government had proposed.

Alternatively, the constituency allowance will be hiked by Rs. 5,000 and the secretarial allowance by Rs. 5,000, adding up to Rs. 10,000 a month.

This emerged after Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh — the two leaders at the forefront of the agitation — on Saturday morning.

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After seeing d healthy and wealthy NETAJI's pics do you think they need more money...money for what ?...

from:  sangeeta
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010 at 11:06 IST

Who cares how much this legal salary is? That is not the aim of the career politician.

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Aug 22, 2010 at 11:47 IST

My request to all leaders is to continue PDS under BPL for few more decades so that common man gets his due.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Aug 22, 2010 at 08:01 IST

Well if they are being given more money then, why not take away their housing facilities which they blatantly misuse and even refuse to vacate after losing power!? Once they have to pay market rent and commute they will realise the ordinary man's daily plight.

from:  Avinash
Posted on: Aug 22, 2010 at 07:02 IST

Everyone knows not only in India but around the world about the greed of Indian politicians. They are aware of their rights but never care towards duties.

from:  vishwanath
Posted on: Aug 22, 2010 at 06:29 IST

The basic principle of remuneration is that the salary should be commensurate to the input of work. Do our MPs sincerely work? Second an MP's salary should be comparable to the average citizens of the country, not merely to the salary of some top executives in the country. Can anybody in this country have an increase of 300% in his/her salary at one go? Thirdly, the MPs are honorary workers who get lot of allowances. Some of them, if not a majority of them, are billionaires. Why can't they render free service to the nation? Otherwise, if they cannot afford to do that, they better quit and give a chance to a fresh candidates.

from:  Valerian Menezes
Posted on: Aug 21, 2010 at 23:39 IST
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