Megha­laya MLAs’ salaries cut by R8,000

The New Indian Express - - INDIA - PRASANTA MAZUMDAR @ Guwa­hati

THE state cabi­net of Megha­laya has an­nounced to cut down the salary of its MLAs by `8,000.

The de­ci­sion was an­nounced by the par­lia­men­tary af­fairs min­is­ter MM Danggo, fol­low­ing nec­es­sary ex­am­i­na­tion made by the depart­ment con­cerned.

Ear­lier, dur­ing the bud­get ses­sion of the year, salary of the state MLAs was in­creased to `2.10 lakh. It has now been re­duced to `2.02 lakh.

The cabi­net’s move is be­ing seen as a gim­mick given that Megha­laya will go to elec­tions early next year. But chief min­is­ter Mukul Sangma of the Con­gress has de­nied that there was any pol­i­tics in­volved in the de­ci­sion.

Mukul Sagma said the de­ci­sion was taken to avoid hike in the salaries of the chief min­is­ter, deputy chief min­is­ter and min­is­ters. “The de­ci­sion was made with a good in­ten­tion. Please don’t read too much into it,” he added.

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