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At a time when the farmers of Tamil Nadu are protesting for loan waiver, the Tamil Nadu MLAs have gifted themselves a generous pay hike of almost 100 percent.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami told the assembly that the legislators currently drawing a monthly salary of Rs 50,000 and this will almost double due to the hike in basic salary and other allowances.
Adding a hike of almost Rs 50,000, this will take the salaries of the MLAs to a staggering Rs 1.05 lakh a month. The legislators have also raised the monthly pension of MLAs from Rs 12,000 to Rs 20,000 and local area development fund from Rs 2 crore to Rs 2.6 crore.
The local area development funds are the funds allotted to each MLA to develop their respective constituencies.
The announcement to the effect was made by Chief Minister E Palaniswami in the Assembly on Wednesday.
Demanding a pay hike for the MPs, former Union Minister Anand Sharma, in the upper house said, “Indian parliamentarians are the worst-paid in the world” causing a heated debate disrupting the proceeding.
Talking to a media outlet later, Agarwal defended his comment, “If journalists and judiciary stop asking for better salaries, we will also stop. Why is it a problem if we get hikes? Why can’t MPs ask for salary hikes if judges can? We have demanded what we deserve under the 7th Pay Commission.”
The salary hike comes at a time when the farmers from the state have revived their protest in the national capital demanding loan waiver after calling off the protest three months ago. They have been demanding loan waivers and better prices for their produce.