The Delhi legislators' dream of a 200 per cent hike in salaries suffered a set back on Monday with the Centre returning the proposal to the Delhi Government questioning the logic behind the hike.
"... The salary of MLAs are hiked after five years ... Parliament also follows this principle," the Centre told Delhi government.
After the Centre cleared the proposal to hike salaries of Members of Parliament, Delhi Government had sent the proposal to raise the salaries of legislators and ministers in April 2010.
Apart from the salary, the Cabinet had also given its go ahead to the proposal to provide personal assistants to all MLAs, free DTC pass, travel in Delhi Metro of up to Rs 1,000 a month and a pension hike.
The Cabinet had proposed to increase the MLAs' salary from Rs 42,000 to between Rs 80,000 and Rs 90,000 per month. It had proposed the salary of the CM and her six cabinet colleagues to go up from Rs 46,000 to Rs 1.25 lakh a month. The Cabinet had also suggested an increase in daily allowance from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 (subject to maximum up to 40 days) for the legislators. The constituency allowance of legislators was proposed to go up from Rs 8,000 to Rs 25,000.
Apart from these benefits, Delhi government had also sought to give 5,000 litres of water and 1,000 unit of power per month free of cost to each MLA. "The government will now have to take an appropriate decision. The proposal can be modified and sent again," a senior government official said.