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Windfall for TN MLAs; salary hike from Rs 55 K to Rs 1.05 lakh

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

In a bonanza, salaries of MLAs are set to be nearly doubled with the state tabling a bill in the today. The bill seeks to give effect to the decision taken by the state last year to hike the pay for legislators and allowances for the and ministers with effect from July 1, 2017. As per the bill, the salary and allowances of legislators have been raised from Rs 55,000 to Rs 1,05,000 per month, an increase of 90.91 per cent. Deputy O Panneerselvam introduced the bill which was opposed by whip R Sakkarapani. "It is not at all necessary.

I am opposing it," rebel leader T T V Dhinakaran and representing R K told reporters outside the House. On July 19 last year, announced the hike in salary and allowances in the state assembly with effect from July 1. The bill seeks to amend the Payment of Salaries Act, 1951 to give effect to the government's last year hike, which would entail an additional outgo of Rs 25.32 crore per annum. As per the bill, allowances for the Chief Minister, Ministers, the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, of the Opposition and the have been increased with effect from July 1, 2107. The Deputy is also now included in the Bill under this category eligible for increased allowances, Pension for former MLAs and members of the now defunct legislative council has also been increased to Rs 20,000 from Rs 12,000 per month. Family pension for relatives of late MLAs has also hiked by Rs 10,000. They get 50 per cent of the pension drawn by pensioner-legislators. The annual medical allowance for retired MLAs was increased to Rs 25,000 from Rs 12,000.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 20:05 IST
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