THE STATE Government has decided to hike the honorarium of elected representatives of 338 urban civic bodies of the State. The decision has been taken at the initiative of the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Minister for Urban Administration and Development Jayant Kumar Mallaiya said.
The minister, in a press statement issued here, said the decision would entail an additional financial burden of about Rs 5.36 crore. The hike has been brought about after a gap of four years. The decision will benefit elected office-bearers of urban civic bodies like mayors and chairpersons of Municipal Corporation, presidents, vice presidents and corporators of municipalities and nagar panchayat parishad.
As per the new decision, the salary of the mayor has been doubled from Rs 3,500 to Rs 7,000, the protocol allowance from Rs 750 to Rs 1,500 and meeting allowance from Rs 75 to Rs 150. The salary of the chairperson of Municipal Corporation has been doubled from Rs 3,000 to Rs 6,000, the protocol allowance from Rs 450 to Rs 900 and the meeting allowance from Rs 75 to Rs 150.
The salary of corporators of municipal corporations has been increased from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000 and the meeting allowance from Rs 75 to Rs 150.
The president of municipality will now get a salary of Rs 2,000 instead of Rs 1,000, protocol allowance of Rs 1,200 instead of Rs 600 and meeting allowance of Rs 130 instead of Rs 65. Salary of members of municipalities has been doubled from Rs 600 to Rs 1,200 and meeting allowance from Rs 65 to Rs 130.
Salary-allowances of office-bearers of nagar panchayats have also been increased. The salary of Nagar Panchayat president has been doubled from Rs 800 to Rs 1,600, protocol allowance from Rs 350 to Rs 700 and the meeting allowance from Rs 40 to Rs 80.
The salary of vice presidents has been doubled from Rs 700 to Rs 1,400, protocol allowance from Rs 250 to Rs 500 and the meeting allowance from Rs 40 to Rs 80.
It may be mentioned here that at present there are 14 municipal corporations, 87 municipalities and 23 nagar panchayats. An expenditure of about Rs 5.40 crore is incurred on the payment of their honorarium annually. This will now be doubled to about Rs 10.76 crore.