‘Honorarium hike is only enough for our tea and snacks bill’
The state government has increased corporators’ honorarium from Rs 7000 to Rs 20000.pune Updated: Jul 17, 2017 14:13 IST
Though media and citizens are criticising the hike in the honorarium of the elected members of the Pune Municipal Corporation, the members are claiming that it’s only reasonable.
The state government had increased the honorarium of the elected members from ₹7500 to ₹20,000 per month. The state government had approved this proposal for all the municipal corporations in the state owing to the price hike following the change in the tax regime.
The PMC had passed this proposal much before and had sent it to the state government, but did not follow it with the state considering the criticism from citizens. Later, almost all the municipal corporations in the state approved such proposals and sent it to the state government. In turn, the state government had taken the decision for increasing the honorarium in all the municipal corporations after receiving a large number of proposals.
Former corporator, Ujwal Keskar, said that this is reasonable hike taking into consideration the increase in the price of commodities and others. “There are chances that some people have different opinions about it. If the member wants to appoint a personal assistant and driver, the cost of their payment is more than this honorarium,” he said.
Another elected member,on the condition of anonymity, told Hindustan Times that in comparison to the expenditure of an elected member, the hike was just ‘peanut’ sized. It is true that all those expenditures are not mandatory, but it is almost impossible to avoid them if one wants to continue in politics, he added.
He further said that the hiked honorarium was only enough for a members ‘tea and snacks bill’. If a member does not offer tea, many citizens openly express their unhappiness. There is a cost for maintaining a public relation office. Some people even ask help for buying medicines, he added.
Elected members are also worried about the various youth and Ganesh mandals. These groups are asking donations and if someone decides to deny it, they immediately start a ‘negative’ campaign against the member. Though he believes that the hike in the honorarium is very less, he said that he would keep his personal opinions away and not accept the honorarium if citizens are not in its favour.