Meghalaya MLAs’ salaries cut by R8,000
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.