The 19 sitting Lok Sabha MPs from Andhra Pradesh have the highest average annual self-income of about ₹1.06 crore, as against an overall mean of ₹30.29 lakh for 479 parliamentarians, according to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms and the National Election Watch.
Andhra Pradesh is followed by Odisha, from where 15 MPs have an average income of ₹68.8 lakh. The report covers an analysis of self-declared affidavits by 479 out of 521 MPs, submitted prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha poll. The other 42 MPs have not declared their income and therefore have not been included. Only 58 of the MPs are women. While a male MP’s annual self-income is an average of ₹30.54 lakh, their women colleagues have an average annual self-income of ₹28.46 lakh.
Of the 479 parliamentarians, 98 have declared ‘business’ as their profession and 91 have said that they are farmers. In all, 16 MPs — who declared their profession as actor, filmmaker or singer — have the highest average annual self-income of more than ₹1.06 crore, according to the report.
“40 (8%) MPs who have declared their profession as agriculture and business have the second highest average annual self-income of ₹75.24 lakh,” said the report.
Two MPs from Goa have declared the lowest average annual income of ₹5.2 lakh, followed by 33 MPs from Tamil Nadu with an average of ₹7.2 lakh.
According to the report, 106 MPs have declared their educational qualification as a graduate. The average annual income of these MPs is ₹41.28 lakh.
There are six MPs who have declared their educational qualification as Class V Pass and their annual income is ₹1.41 crore. In all, 150 MPs are between 46-55 years of age and they have an average annual income of ₹40.54 lakh. The 54 MPs who are between 66-75 years of age have declared an average of ₹16.72 lakh as their average annual income.