Bihar MLAsí pay doubled to Rs 1.65 lakh

A Legislator in Bihar will now get a pay package of Rs 1.65 lakh per month in place of the current Rs 83,000. The new package will be applicable from April 1.

The hike will put extra financial burden of Rs 2,60,76,000 per month. The state Cabinet on Thursday gave its nod to the much-awaited pay hike for 243 members of the Legislative Assembly and 75 members of Legislative Council.

The legislators had long been demanding pay revision. A section of legislators had even raised their voices against getting lower salary than secretaries.

Cabinet Secretary Ravi Kant told The Indian Express: "The basic salary of MLA has been raised from Rs 8,000 per month to Rs 25,000. All allowances have been also substantially increased."

A legislator will now get Rs 25,000 regional allowance in place of Rs 12,000 per month, Rs 5,000 stationery allowance in place of Rs 2,000, sahyogi allowance of Rs 15,000 instead of Rs 10,000 and upaskar allowance of Rs 50,000 instead of Rs 25,000. An MLA will also now get Rs 1,000 travel allowance per day as against Rs 500.

A legislator's pension has been also raised from Rs 6,000 to Rs 15,000 per month.

The Chief Minister will get hospitality allowance of Rs 18,000 instead of Rs 15,000 per month, while Cabinet ministers will get Rs 18,000 in place of Rs 14,500. A minister of state will get Rs 17,500 hospitality allowance in place of Rs 14,000.

Though scrapping of MLA Local Area fund from current financial has nothing to do with salary revision, several MLAs conceded that it was a deft move by the state government to keep them in good humour.

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