Megha­laya re­duces salaries of MLAs ahead of as­sem­bly polls

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation - Ut­pal Parashar ut­pal.parashar@htlive.com

GUWA­HATI: By re­duc­ing the salary marginally, the govern­ment has tried to fool peo­ple. It is purely an at­tempt to woo vot­ers and has noth­ing to do with stress on the state ex­che­quer.

SHIBUN LYNGDOH,

Megha­laya BJP chief

With elec­tions only months away, the Con­gress-led govern­ment of Mukul Sangma in Megha­laya has de­cided to marginally re­duce the salaries of leg­is­la­tors in the state.

The de­ci­sion taken on Wed­nes­day to re­duce the salaries by ₹8,000 ev­ery month comes six months af­ter the pay and perks of MLAs were nearly dou­bled to ₹2.10 lakh.

State par­lia­men­tary af­fairs min­is­ter Martin M Danggo in­formed about the cabi­net’s Wed­nes­day de­ci­sion in Shil­long to amend Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly (Mem­bers Salaries and Al­lowances) Amend­ment Or­di­nance, 2017.

Sangma said the de­ci­sion was taken to en­sure that the to­tal salary and perks given to MLAs do not ex­ceed that of state govern­ment min­is­ters.

“Ir­re­spec­tive of the tim­ing, what is good has to be de­cided. But if ev­ery good and cor­rect de­ci­sion is al­leged upon and in­ter­preted as an elec­tion gim­mick, that is wrong,” said the chief min­is­ter.

How­ever, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), aim­ing to dis­lodge the Con­gress govern­ment in the next polls, termed the move an at­tempt to fool vot­ers.

“By re­duc­ing the salary marginally, the govern­ment has tried to fool peo­ple. It is purely an at­tempt to woo vot­ers and has noth­ing to do with stress on the state ex­che­quer,” Shibun Lyngdoh, Megha­laya BJP chief, told HT.

Lyngdoh pointed out that Megha­laya is yet to im­ple­ment pro­vi­sions of the Fifth Pay Com­mis­sion rec­om­men­da­tions while cen­tral govern­ment em­ploy­ees are al­ready get­ting pay as per the Sev­enth Pay Com­mis­sion guide­lines.

Megha­laya will go to polls early next year and there is a tus­sle between Con­gress and BJP to wrest power in the Chris­tian­ma­jor­ity state.

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