The state Cabinet has cleared a proposal for a hike in the salary, allowances and perks of ministers and legislators. A Bill formalising the proposal is likely to be tabled in the Legislature on Thursday, the last day of its Winter Session.
Currently, the legislators get Rs 44,000 per month. Ministers get a little more in the form of perks such as a bungalow, office staff and VVIP status.
Government sources said on condition of anonymity as they are not authorised to speak to the media that salaries could range between Rs 70,000 and Rs 1 lakh after the Legislature passes the Bill. “Such bills are cleared without debate,” said a senior minister.
There could be a substantial increase in the constituency, stationery and other allowances. The constituency allowance, which is Rs 25,000 a month now, will be doubled, said the sources. MLAs will also get free rail travel up to 33,000 km by air-conditioned, two-tier coach and four air trips anywhere in India along with a companion every year.
Legislators already get Rs 8,000 for monthly salaries for their assistants. They also get a monthly pension of Rs 15,000 after retirement.
The raise, if passed, will make Maharashtra’s legislators among the highest paid in India. The hike was made on the recommendation of a panel appointed by the government last year.