Making a case for the increase in salaries of MLAs and MLCs in State of Telangana, Jithender Reddy MP of ruling-Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) told ANI, “We take care of our people. In that manner, we want to give a proper salary to people so no one turns to corruption.”He further added, “We were deprived of our comforts for 60 years, and now we have a state.””In Telangana, we hiked the salary of employees, even the police, the teachers, the RTC…finally we came to lawmakers,” he said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Telangana government is examining the issue of increasing the salaries of MLAs and MLCs in view of their “grossly inadequate” pay structure.Several MLAs and MLCs have submitted representations in this regard to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and also Legislature Secretary in recent times, a release from Rao’s office said.
ALSO READ Telangana MLAs, MLCs want salaries to be hiked to Rs 3 lakh per monthThe Telangana legislators now get Rs 95,000 per month and their salary bill coupled with those having Cabinet rank, would be to the tune of Rs 14.94 crore per annum, it said.There is an estimate that about Rs 3 lakh is spent every month by the MLAs and MLCs to meet expenses, including paying for meals of their staff, providing financial assistance to different persons and also to attend various programmes in the constituency, it said.The lawmakers in Telangana now are requesting for more than three-fold increase in their salaries to Rs 3 lakh per month from Rs 95,000 per month.The issue was discussed on Tuesday at a meeting held by the Chief Minister, it said.
ALSO READ Delhi Cabinet approves salary hike of MLAsThe demand for raising the salaries in Telangana was discussed against the backdrop of hike in emoluments of MLAs and MLCs in several states, the release said.Observing that MLAs and MLCs have to meet a lot of “political and non-political expenses” every month, it said the present salary structure is “grossly inadequate” to meet the actual expenses.The Delhi Assembly recently approving a hefty hike in basic salary and allowances of its members was also discussed at the meeting, the release said.The salary hike issue would be debated further and a final decision was yet to be taken, it added.