Three-member Achary panel recommended 400% hike in basic salary of Delhi MLAs

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Who: 400% hike in basic salary of Delhi MLAs
What: Recommended by the three-member Achary panel
When: 6 October 2015

A three-member committee chaired by PDT Achary, former Secretary General of the Lok Sabha, on 6 October 2015 submitted its report on MLAs’ salary packages to Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel. The other two members were KV Prasad and Balraj Malik.

In its 21-page unanimous report, the commission favoured 400 percent hike in the basic salary of the MLAs of Delhi, that is, from 12000 rupees to 50000 rupees per month, in addition to a slew of allowances for purposes ranging from travel to office furniture.

Overall, the hike recommended has been 138 percent.

Main highlights of the Report
• Total salary and allowances of MLAs have been recommended to be enhanced from the present 88000 rupees per month to 2.10 lakh per month.
• It recommended a reimbursable sum of 70000 rupees per month as allowance under Secretarial, Research and Office Assistance head which is 30000 rupees at present.
• It recommended an allowance of 25000 rupees for office rental and related utilities, which would allow them to meet expenditure on office space and other essential amenities provided by government agencies.
• The committee has also suggested a communication allowance of 10000 rupees per month as well as 30000 rupees as monthly conveyance allowance for each MLA.
• It recommended hike of daily allowance of each MLA during every sitting if the House or its committees from 1000 rupees to 2000 rupees.
• It recommended that the one-time allowance of MLAs should be increased significantly with one time office furnishing allowance of 1 lakh rupees, 60000 rupess for purchasing office equipment and a vehicle loan of 12 lakh rupees, which is 4 lakh rupees at present.
• The committee has also recommended a hike in monthly pension from the existing 7500 rupees to 15000 rupees per month for first term of membership and an additional pension of 1000 rupees per month for every successive year of membership beyond the first term.
• The family pension has been recommended at 50 percent of the pension being paid to a deceased member or an ex-member.
• The committee’s recommendations also include a maximum reimbursable travel allowance of 3 lakh rupees per annum for each MLA and his dependents by air, rail, road or steamer.
• It also favoured a 10 percent raise in the basic salary, 5000 rupees per month, after every 12 months, from the date on which new salary and allowances come into force.

Now the report of the committee will be sent to Assembly’s Committee of Salary and Allowances for consideration. Thereafter the government will consider it and, if accepted, come up with a Bill, to the effect.

Background
In July 2015, a group of AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) legislators demanded a significant hike in salary, arguing their earnings were not enough to run their family and offices.

The salary of lawmakers was last increased by 100 percent in September 2011 by the then Sheila Dikshit government.