State law­mak­ers get monthly salary hike with im­me­di­ate ef­fect Skipped lunch in Pak for In­dia’s pres­tige: Ra­j­nath

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Suren­dra P Gan­gan suren­dra.gan­gan@hin­dus­tan­times.com Vi­jay Swa­roop vi­jay.swa­roop@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The state’s law­mak­ers on Fri­day passed a bill rais­ing their own salaries, and that too sub­stan­tially. While min­is­ters will now draw a salary of Rs1.80 lakh to Rs2 lakh ev­ery month from the Rs57,000 they re­ceived till now, MLAs and MLCs will earn Rs1.60 lakh to Rs1.70 lakh ev­ery month as against Rs75,000. The move is ex­pected to out an an­nual bur­den of Rs60 crore on the cash­strapped ex­che­quer, which has a debt bur­den of around Rs3.5 lakh crore.

Both houses of the leg­is­la­ture cleared the bill, which gov­erns the salary of MLAs, min­is­ters and pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers of the leg­is­la­ture. Be­sides the MLAs and min­is­ters, 1,500 for­mer leg­is­la­tors will `1.60 `1.80 `1.79 `75,000 `57,000 `1.70 `2 `1.99

also get a hike in their monthly pen­sion. It has been raised to Rs50,000 from Rs40,000 ev­ery month, and Rs10,000 per term served. Fur­ther, even per­sonal as­sis­tants will now earn Rs25,000 a month in­stead of Rs15,000.

A day af­ter he skipped a lunch for Saarc min­is­ters in Is­lam­abad, home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh said he did it for the coun­try’s ‘maryada (pres­tige)’. Singh told Ra­jya Sabha that Pak­istan in­te­rior min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in­vited the vis­it­ing min­is­ters for lunch “but soon af­ter invit­ing us, he sat in a car and went off ”. “Keep­ing in view the norms of con­duct, I did what was nec­es­sary for the sake of In­dia’s dig­nity,” he said.

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