The recommendations of an experts panel looking into legislators’ salaries submitted to the Delhi Speaker on Tuesday, if implemented, would see Delhi MLAs get a 300% hike in salaries to Rs 50,000 per month— at par with the pay of a Member of Parliament.
Currently, they get paid a measly Rs 12,000.
The proposed basic salary is one of the highest for MLAs in India. While Assam MLAs get the highest basic salary—Rs 60,000 per month—Kerala MLAs get only Rs 1,000 in a month.
And it’s just not the basic salary of a Delhi MLA that will match the parliamentary standard. The panel also proposes a doubling in their daily allowance, again to match the MPs’ rate of Rs 2,000.