Zee News: New Delhi: Thursday, 02 July 2015.
A parliamentary committee headed by firebrand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath has recommended 100 percent hike in the salary of parliamentarians, a newspaper report said on Thursday.
Besides proposing a 100 percent hike in salary, the panel has also recommended increasing the pension of elected representatives from Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000.
The Yogi Adityanath-led panel has suggested to bring in a pay revision mechanism on the lines of pay commission, which is at present only meant for government employees.
As per the report, at least 60 recommendations have been put forward by the Adityanath-led panel.
The panel has also advocated for raising the the daily allowance of Rs 2,000 for MPs, which they get during Parliament sittings.
Besides proposing 20-25 free air travels in a year, the panel has also said that an additional free AC first class ticket should be provided for their companion, such as their personal secretary.
As per the report, the panel has also recommended extending the health benefits given to the MPs to their children and grandchildren as well.
The last revision of salaries of MPs took place in 2010.
Recently, it was revealed that our parliamentarians, with average earnings of Rs 1.4 lakh per month along with perks, enjoy sumptuous meal due to heavy subsidy received by the Lok Sabha Secretariat to run the Parliament canteen, BJP leader MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Wednesday said that it is wrong to show only the elected representatives in poor light, as around 5,000 people eat in there.
At a time when soaring prices of meat, fish and vegetables have made these lip-smacking dishes disappear from the common man's plates, Parliamentarians are savouring these for a pittance, courtesy the subsidy provided by the central government.
For instance, crisp fish fry with chips comes at Rs 25, mouth watering mutton curry is available for Rs 20, mutton cutlet for Rs 18, a crunchy masala dosa for Rs 6 and boiled vegetables for as little as Rs 5. The rates can make one salivate as much as the dishes.
According to an item list received under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, while fish fry with chips is subsidised by 63 percent, the figure for mutton curry is 67 percent, cutlet 65 percent, boiled vegetables 83 percent and masala dosa 75 percent.