Legislators in Maharashtra feel the hike in salaries of Members of Parliament will make their case strong. “Compared to the MPs, our hike is insignificant. One has to consider the hike in fuel and other expenses,” said a senior legislator. “The demand gained momentum after the fuel price hike. Managing a constituency has become expensive and there are many legislators who are not millionaires.”
A joint committee of the two houses of the Legislature has recommended a 62 per cent hike in legislators’ salaries.
The monthly remuneration of legislators includes salary, vehicle allowance and stationery charges. They get Rs 8,000 a month to pay as salary to their personal assistants. They also get concessions for travel Legislators also get daily allowances to attend session of the Legislature.
Apart from a salary hike, legislators also want their constituency development fund to be increased. Legislators have been fighting for getting more development funds, which was recently increased to Rs 1.50 core a year. The amount is paid from the state treasury.