PM should get salary hike, says Kejriwal after raise for Delhi MLAs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 05, 2015 10:55 IST
File photo of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kejriwal has recommended a salary hike for the PM. (APhoto: PMO Twitter accountFP)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has recommended a salary hike for the Prime Minister, after the state assembly agreed to a four-fold raise for city MLAs.

“How is Rs 1 lakh per month unreasonable? If the Prime Minister’s salary is less than this, even his salary should be raised. We all demand that his salary should be hiked,” he said on Friday while speaking in Delhi assembly.

The assembly had on Thursday agreed to the hike for Delhi MLAs along with a considerable increase in allowances that put together will take their monthly package to Rs 2.1 lakh from the present Rs 88,000, the highest in the country.

In a strident defence of the decision of his government, Kejriwal said even after the hike is effected, MLAs won’t earn even “120th fraction” of what editors of media organisations and top TV anchors earn.

In a tongue-in-cheek remark, Kejriwal envisaged an embarrassing situation for Modi when he encounters US President Barack Obama. “Kal ko Obama miley toh kya bolenege (if he meets Obama tomorrow, what will he say?)... It (PM’s salary) should be at least 8-10 lakh.”

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Kejriwal said it was important to give legislators proper salaries and other facilities but “if they still indulge in corruption don’t spare them”.

The bill on Delhi MLAs’ salaries, passed by the assembly with a voice vote, also proposes a commensurate 400% hike in ministers’ salary. The salary of the leader of opposition, speaker, deputy speaker and chief whip will also be on par with that of the ministers. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party has 67 MLAs in the 70-member House.

The bill will now be sent to the Centre for approval. As Delhi is a Union territory with a legislative assembly, all bills with financial implications have to be cleared by the Centre.

Once the Centre gives its nod, the basic salary of an MLA will rise from Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000 and the monthly package will go up to around Rs 2.1 lakh.

Similarly, the basic salary of a minister will increase from Rs 20,000 to Rs 80,000. Clubbed with a sizable hike in allowances, a minister’s monthly emoluments will amount to Rs 3.6 lakh from Rs 1.2 lakh.

(With inputs from PTI)

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