Fat Salaries New Race for MLAs

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The phe­nom­e­nal rise in salaries and perquisites of MLAs was started by the AAP in Delhi, which hat is be­ing passed around the coun­try with Te­lan­gana an­nounc­ing a mas­sive hike in its MLA re­mu­ner­a­tion. Andhra Pradesh and Kar­nataka are likely to fol­low suit. Bi­har the other day en­ti­tled MLAs to mi­crowave ovens and other con­sumer durables. There are also rum­blings among the MPs claim­ing more pay than the MLAs. How­ever, con­sid­er­ing the ba­sic premise, the re­mu­ner­a­tion of our leg­is­la­tors is al­ready very high and nowhere in line with the work that these peo­ple do.

It is dis­con­cert­ing to see leg­is­la­tors seek­ing salary hikes when farm­ers around the coun­try, par­tic­u­larly in Te­lan­gana, Andhra Pradesh, Ma­ha­rash­tra and Kar­nataka, have been reel­ing un­der drought. Our leg­is­la­tors should in­stead be en­sur­ing potable wa­ter across the coun­try. Just like we have a right to ed­u­ca­tion, we need a right to wa­ter.

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