Salary hike: Mayor writes to union home minister
With a view to seeking a fixed salary for municipal councillors, the Delhi Mayor has approached union Home Minister P Chidambaram. HT reports.delhi Updated: Mar 15, 2011 00:13 IST
With a view to seeking a fixed salary for municipal councillors, the Delhi Mayor has approached union Home Minister P Chidambaram.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had, in its budget in February, passed a proposal to forward a recommendation to the Centre to sanction a monthly salary of Rs 10,000 for councillors and Rs 15,000 as monthly honorarium for Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Leader of House and Opposition and MCD Standing Committee Chairman.
They also sought Rs 16,000 per month more for all councillors for stationary, office expenses and food expenses.
Salary hike has been a long-standing demand of the councillors. At present, councillors get an allowance of Rs 300 for attending each meeting of the MCD House, but there is no fixed salary.
“I have written a letter to the union Home Minister on March 11. We have demanded a salary of Rs 10,000 for councillors and Rs 15,000 for top office-bearers like Mayor, Deputy Mayor and others,” said Sawhney.
In his letter to Chidambaram, the Mayor has asked for endorsing the proposal and citing a similar practice prevalent in cities like Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
In August, 2010, after MPs ensured a steep hike in their monthly allowance, municipal councillors from both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress in the MCD had raised the issue at a meeting of the civic agency.