New Members of Parliament (MPs) in Bhutan will draw a monthly salary of Rs 30,000, besides a chauffeur-driven car and retirement benefits.
MPs include the 47 National Assembly members and 25 members of the National Council, according to the draft Parliamentary Entitlements Act.
A national committee on parliamentary entitlements would be formed with the chairpersons of the Pay Commission, Royal Civil Service Commission, and one member each from the National Assembly, National Council, Opposition leader and the finance ministry as members to advice the Pay Commission on the entitlements, a report in the state-run newspaper Kuensel said.
Although, the salaries of cabinet ministers were not announced, the draft act says that total emoluments of the Speaker of the National Assembly, the chairperson of the National Council, and the leader of the Opposition party would be equivalent to that of cabinet ministers.
Currently cabinet ministers are paid Rs 85,000 a month.
The Act would be passed by the new parliament after the first general elections in 2008.
MPs would also get a 30 per cent house rent allowance during their term in office, a telephone at home, medical facilities, and free stationery and postal services all in accordance to existing applicable rules.
According to the draft act, the salary of the MPs would not be reduced during their term of office.
They will also be entitled to retirement benefits like pension and provident funds.