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Recession? Not for Punjab MLAs

At a time when India is still reeling under the economic crisis, Punjab MLAs seem to be least bothered. While the state Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal's budget had shown a huge revenue and fiscal deficit, the state legislators have managed to get a substantial hike in salaries, allowances and other perks.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 11, 2009 23:04 IST

At a time when India is still reeling under the economic crisis, Punjab MLAs seem to be least bothered. While the state Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal's budget had shown a huge revenue and fiscal deficit, the state legislators have managed to get a substantial hike in salaries, allowances and other perks.

Vidhan Sabha Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon on Saturday tabled a report, which the House unanimously adopted, of the General Purposes Committee (GPC) for hike in salary and more perks for legislators.

Though Badal said the report needed to be cleared from the Cabinet, the Speaker overruled him and said since it had been tabled in the House, it should be considered cleared and implemented with retrospective effect from April 1, 2009.

The committee recommended that the salary of each MLA be hiked from Rs 4,000 to Rs 10,000 a month, with no change in the compensatory allowance of Rs 5,000.

It also recommended a hike in the monthly constituency allowance from Rs 8,000 to Rs 15,000, earmarking Rs 5,000 a month for each legislator to have a personal assistant.

Each MLA can now travel anywhere and get expenses reimbursed for up to Rs 2 lakh.

On the usage of petrol and diesel, the committee said the criteria were to be fixed by the state government based on the distance of the constituency. The committee has also recommended providing a laptop for every legislator and hiked the advance loan for construction or purchase of a new house or flat from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 40 lakh, at a rate of 4 per cent.