The Telangana Assembly on Tuesday passed the controversial salary hike Bill unanimously to affect the hike in salaries of the legislators of Assembly and Council. The new hike is an expenditure of Rs. 42.67 crore per annum.
State government introduced salary and allowances bill after the recommendation of the Committee on Amenities of the Telangana Legislature.
The Telangana Payment of Salaries and Pensions and Removal of Disqualifications (Amendment) Bill-2016 passed by the Assembly raises the salaries of MLA’s and
MLC’s salaries from existing 12,000 to 20,000 and allowances from 83,000 to 2.30,000.
While moving the bill for consideration and passing, Legislature Affairs Minister Harish Rao said the hike is being implemented according to the requests made by MLAs and MLCs to the government in the past one-and-half year and added that the Bill is moved on the request of majority of the parties.
Congress member Sampath Kumar pointed out that the hike is necessary for people like him who belong to a humble background and added that his party welcomed the bill.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, said the estimated expenditure of Rs. 42 crores does not establish the perceptible percentage of the state budget which is more than Rs. One lakh crore, appealed the media to understand the needs of legislators in public life.
“Public representatives have many expenses. Salaries must fulfill their minimum needs. We have given a 100% for retired legislators, post death, wife of the legislator will get the same money,” said the Chief Minister.
KCR also noted that the legislators will have to attend meetings of the government, zilla parishad apart from looking into the number of visitor’s everyday and bear the costs involved in travelling within the constituency to the district head quarters and Hyderabad.