After the Madhya Pradesh legislators, Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party corporators have raised the demand for a hike in honorarium and salary on Sunday. Eight-five corporators unanimously demanded a three-fold hike in their salary during Bhopal Municipal Corporation’s budget debate.
The average salary of a BMC corporator is around Rs 6,000, while the mayor-in-council members are entitled to a few more benefits. For attending meetings of the BMC, corporators are paid about Rs 1,500 per meeting.
“Even Class III grade BMC workers are paid Rs 15,000, which is more than us. Our demand is realistic and we are not asking for much,” Congress corporator Vatsayan Bhabha Jain told HT. A three-fold increase in salary would put a corporator’s salary anywhere between Rs 25,000 and Rs 30,000.
“It (salary) started from Rs 2,000, then our honorarium was increased to Rs 4,000 and around four years back it was brought to Rs 6,000 net. Since then there has been no increase. Beyond this we do not get any allowance for travel or conveyance, neither do we get any pension afterwards. It is difficult to manage (our house) with such a small amount every month,” said corporator Shahid Ali.
BMC mayor Alok Sharma has assured to put forward the proposal for increasing salary and perks of the corporators before the state government.
Recently, the state assembly passed the Salary Allowances and Pension of MLAs (Amendment) Bill, 2016, to enhance salaries of sitting members to Rs 1.10 lakh per month from Rs 71,000 sanctioned previously.
Budget discussion delayed
The BMC budget discussion was delayed by over three hours as the mayor-in-council and corporators were seen busy “chatting.” Two civic body officers were also seen using their mobile phones during the assembly session of BMC. Use of mobile phone was prohibited by mayor Alok Sharma and Speaker Surjeet Singh Chouhan after a BMC official was caught watching porn film in the session.