BHUBANESWAR: The State Government, on Friday, introduced four separate bills in the Assembly for enhancement of salary, allowances and pension of the members of the legislative Assembly, Speaker, Deputy Speaker and ministers.
According to provisions of the bill, introduced in the House by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha, a salary of a legislator will be about Rs 1 lakh per month, including all allowances, while a Minister and Chief Minister will get monthly salary of Rs 97,000 and Rs 98,000 respectively.
Similarly, the monthly salary and allowances of Speaker and Deputy Speaker would be Rs 97,500 and Rs 95,000 per month while the Government chief whip would draw a monthly salary of Rs 97,000 per month, deputy government chief whip will get Rs 93,000 a month.
According to provisions, the salary of the MLAs would go up to Rs 25,000 per month against the current pay of Rs 16,000 per month. Similarly, their conveyance allowance has been more than doubled to Rs 15,000 per month from Rs 7,000.
The salary and allowances of the MLAs was last revised in 2011 from Rs 21,950 per month to Rs 60,000 per month. Monthly salary and allowances of Chief Minister include salary, car allowance and sumptuary allowance. The revised salary of ministers of State will be Rs 95,000 per month. The salary and allowances of Leader of the Opposition will be Rs 97,000 per month, equal to Cabinet ministers. The revised salary will be implemented restrospective from January, 2017.