Akhilesh promises more pension and perks to former legislators
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The pension and perks for former legislators is set to be increased. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav gave this assurance during a meeting of former legislators held at Vidhan Bhawan to mark the quasquicentennial celebrations of the state legislature on Monday.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam Khan at the outset revealed that Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh had directed his son and CM Akhilesh Yadav in the Speaker's chamber to increase the pension of former MLAs.
The meeting was attended by a large number of former legislators. Mulayam Singh Yadav was the chief guest while former chief minister of UP and Uttarakhand N D Tiwari, Congress veterans Ammar Rizvi, Swaroop Kumari Bakshi and Ram Krishna Dwividi were present.
Most speakers praised Mulayam for his magnanimity. "Even when I was expelled from the party, I did not go anywhere as no one could bear my tantrums like Mulayam," Azam stated.
The demand for enhancing the pension of former legislators was raised by Ammar Rizvi and it was greeted with an applause. "We want it to be increased and the former legislators' services should be utilised by the government. They should be at least paid at par with an upper division clerk," Ammar Rizvi stated.
SP's Mohan Singh also added that the railway coupons given to former legislators should be increased. Demand for providing family pension to the former legislators was also raised. "I am hopeful that CM Akhilesh Yadav will increase the pension but Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey is a miser and he will not recommend it," Mohan Singh remarked. The Speaker quickly stated that he had no objection.
Presently, a former MLA of one term is paid Rs 7,000 per month as pension. Rs 700 is added for every additional year of his tenure. He is also entitled to free medical treatment at government hospitals, including SGPGI, and full medical reimbursement if treatment is done outside. He also gets railway travel coupons worth Rs 50,000 per year and a free travel pass along with a companion for travel in UP State Roadways Transport Corporation buses. Families of MLAs who died after 2010 are also entitled to a pension.