What should those who serve make?

Mizzima Business Weekly - - STATISTICS -

It's a hot topic in ev­ery democ­racy: what should those who serve in the public sec­tor make? Dur­ing the lat­est par­lia­men­tary ses­sion, that started on Jan­uary 19, the pay MPs re­ceive was a prom­i­nent item on the agenda of the law­mak­ers in the Amyotha and Phyithu Hlut­taw. Na­tional MPs make 300,000 kyat a month at present. Par­lia­ment de­cided to award it­self a payrise, though. As of April 1st Na­tional MPs will make 1 mil­lion kyat a month (ap­prox USD 1,000). Re­gional MPs will be bet­ter off as well: their salary will be in­creased from 200,000 to 500,000 kyat a month. Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans feel that the payrises are in or­der be­cause of the fre­quent trav­el­ling be­tween Yan­gon and Nay Pyi Taw that is re­quired. How do the salaries of Hlut­taw mem­bers com­pare to those of oth­ers in the civil and mil­i­tary ser­vice? The salary of the Speaker of the House is K 3 mil­lion, that of the Pres­i­dent K 5 mil­lion. The minu­mum wage for civil ser­vants is a mere K 60.000. Teach­ers, sol­diers and YCDC em­ploy­ees have to make do with salaries rang­ing from K 75,000 to K 81,000, which is hardly enough to pay the rent in Yan­gon or Mandalay.

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