Municipal councillors in the national Capital want a fixed monthly salary and Delhi Mayor Prithvi Raj Sawhney has decided to approach union home minister P Chidamabaram on the issue. For long councillors have been demanding a salary.
The mayor has written to Chidamabaram, citing similar practice prevalent in cities like Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
"The letter will be sent in a couple of days. We have demanded a salary of R10,000 for councillors apart from an increase in meeting allowance from R300 to R1,000," Sawhney said. At present,corporators get an allowance of R300 for attending each meeting of the MCD House, but there is no fixed salary.
The MCD may also demand medical facilities for councillors on par with other elected representatives at private hospitals. This facility is now available for them at the civic body's clinics and hospitals. It also wants group insurance of R5 lakh each. The demand for salary was earlier raised by chairmen of various ward committees at a special meeting of the MCD Standing Committee on January 12.
In August last year, just after MPs succeeded in ensuring a steep hike in their monthly allowance, municipal councillors from both ruling BJP and opposition Congress had raised the issue at a meeting.