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Odisha MLAs get a raise, salary reaches Rs 1 lakh a month

The pay raise for Odisha legislators came after they met chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday morning. In the afternoon, the state cabinet effected the raise.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2017 21:07 IST
Debabrata Mohanty
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik at a press conference in Bhubaneswar.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik at a press conference in Bhubaneswar.(PTI File Photo)

The Odisha government on Wednesday raised the salaries of MLAs and ministers by over 50%, taking it to Rs 1 lakh per month. This is the first pay revision for Odisha MLAs after 2011, when their monthly salary and allowances were raised to Rs 60,000 from Rs 21,950.

Incidentally, the CM and the assembly speaker would get marginally less than Rs 1 lakh. This has traditionally been the case in Odisha and is attributed to the additional facilities that the CM and speaker get.

The pay raise will take the CM’s salary to Rs 98,000 and the speaker’s to Rs 97,500.

This pales in comparison to what Telangana’s MLAs get. They are the highest paid legislators in the country, with a monthly salary of Rs 2.5 lakh.

The pay raise for Odisha legislators came after they met chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday morning. In the afternoon, the state cabinet effected the raise.

In 2014, an analysis by NGO Odisha Election Watch found that of the 147 MLAs elected more than half were crorepatis, up from 24% in the last assembly. Of the 76 crorepatis, 62 were from Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal and nine from the Bharatiya Janata Party. The average assets of the 147 MLAs was found to be Rs 3.22 crore.

BJP MLA and hotelier Dilip Ray was officially the richest MLA with assets of Rs 102 crore.

In 1938, an MLA in Odisha (under British rule) used to get Rs 75 as salary per month and Rs 2.50 as daily allowance. The salary was increased to Rs 200 and the daily allowance was enhanced to Rs 12.50 in 1954.