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On Cabinet agenda today: Hike in ministers’ salaries

india Updated: Dec 03, 2009 00:16 IST
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The Cabinet is likely to consider a proposal to increase salaries of Union ministers so that it is higher than bureaucrats.

At present, a minister gets a salary of about Rs 67,000, including allowances — equivalent to what an additional secretary in the government draws.

This means a junior minister — Minister of State — gets salary less than his or her subordinate — a secretary of a ministry, who gets Rs 80,000 every month.

To remove this anomaly, the government has proposed a hike in salary and allowances of ministers.

“It will bring uniformity in salary structure in the government,” a senior Cabinet minister said.

The Cabinet is also likely to consider a National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms, which provides funds for setting up new courts to expedite a large pendency of cases in Indian courts and National Green Tribunal Bill to consider all environment related cases.

The Cabinet is also expected to a proposal of Home Ministry to amend the Code for Criminal Procedure to make it mandatory for the police to record reasons on file every time they decide to arrest, or not arrest, suspects in crimes that would be punishable with seven years imprisonment or less.

This amendment has come after lawyers in different parts of the country protested against an earlier amendment to law which give police too much discretionary powers while taking action against an accused.