The Uttar Pradesh government has announced a raise in the salary and perks of legislators, Assembly speaker, Council chairman and ministers.
"The government has decided to hike the salary and perks of members in both the Houses to Rs 50,000 per month from existing Rs 30,000," Chief Minister Mayawati announced in the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council on Monday.
Till now, an MLA or MLC was getting Rs 3,000 as monthly salary, Rs 15,000 constituency allowance, Rs 6,000 medical allowance and Rs 6,000 as secretary allowance.
"Now the members will get monthly salary of Rs 8,000, besides 22,000 as constituency allowance, Rs 10,000 medical allowance and Rs 10,000 secretary allowance," she said.
The salary of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly and Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Council has been hiked to Rs 12,000 from existing Rs 5,000 per month.
"An allowance of Rs 10,000, which they were getting for maintenance of their private house in their home district, has also been hiked to Rs 15,000," she said.
The government has increased monthly salary of Cabinet ministers from Rs 5,000 to Rs 12,000.
Similarly, the deputy ministers will now get Rs 10,000 as monthly salary in place of Rs 4,000.
Monthly salary of Leaders of Opposition in both the Houses has been hiked to Rs 12,000 from existing Rs 5,000.
Former members of both the Houses who were getting a monthly pension of Rs 6,000 will now get Rs 7,000.
"The yearly increment in pension has also been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 700," Mayawati said. She said in case of death of a sitting or former member, the spouse will get 50 per cent of the pension.
The Chief Minister said the state government would fulfill all justified demands of the members.
"In continuation with my statement in the Assembly on January 29 that positive steps would be taken to increase facilities to the members, this important decision was taken by the government," she said.