For a fatter pay cheque, it pays to be a lawmaker in Assam than a member of Parliament.
The monthly basic salary of a Rajya Sabha or Lok Sabha MP is a good Rs 10,000 less than legislators in the northeastern state, which pays its MLAs Rs 60,000 a month.
When parliamentarians gave themselves a threefold pay hike five years ago, it still didn’t match the best salaries offered by some state assemblies.
But then, MPs can take heart from what’s paid in Kerala which is at the opposite end of the spectrum with a fixed monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 for its MLAs.
Kerala also underscores the wide disparity in salaries and allowances paid to MLAs in different states.
If Assam lawmakers get more pay, their Uttarakhand counterparts are better off with the daily allowance — an additional fixed amount that a MP or an MLA gets if he or she attends House or its panel meetings. So much so that an Uttarakhand MLA gets daily allowance 100 times more than legislators in Punjab, where Rs 20 is the amount fixed.
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana MLAs get the highest constituency allowance — Rs 83,000 a month—while West Bengal has the lowest at Rs 4,000.