Panchayat representatives’ hike to cost govt Rs 150 cr

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's announcement to hike the honorarium of panchayat representatives will cost nearly Rs 150 crore annually to the state exchequer.

The hike, announced during the Panch and Sahkarita Sammelan held at Saifai Mahotsav on December 30, has been made keeping an eye on the Lok Sabha elections.

At present, the chairmen in75 district boards are getting Rs 4,000 per month as honorarium, which has now been hiked to Rs 10,000 per month and translates into an extra burden of Rs 4.5 lakh every month.

Block heads who number 822 across the state will now get an enhanced honorarium of Rs 7,000 from the earlier Rs 3,000 per month, which means the state exchequer has to shell out Rs 32.88 lakh every month.

The revised honorarium to be paid to village heads will cost Rs 13 crore every month as they will be getting Rs 2,500 per month against their earlier honorarium of Rs 750 per month.

Besides, the government will bear an extra burden of Rs 1.97 crore following an increase in meeting allowance every month to 65,834 block development council (BDC) members which has been increased to Rs 200 to Rs 500 per meeting.

The district development council (DDC) members, whose strength is nearly 2701 in the state, will also be entitled to an allowance of Rs 1,000 from the previous Rs 300 per meeting, thus burdening the state exchequer with Rs 27 lakh.

Provision for payment of meeting allowances to the BDC and DDC members was done in 2004 by then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The honorarium of panchayat representatives was also hiked in 2006 — again during the SP regime.

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