Legislators pay hike in the offing

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IMPHAL, December 13: The two-day sitting of the 6th Session of the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly is likely to approve a hike in salary and allowances for the state legislators as a bill affecting the hike will be introduced during the session.

In case of approval by the House, the total salary (including allowances) of a legislator would be hiked to Rs 1,49,500 from the current salary of Rs 77,000 per month, said sources.

It is also learnt from a different source that the last hike in pay and allowances for the state legislators was approved during the 9th Manipur Legislative Assembly.

According to highly reliable sources, the General Purposes Committee of the members of the Manipur Legislative Assembly has drafted a proposal for the allowances hike for the state legislators.

Approval of the House will be sought during the ensuing two-day sitting of the 6th session of the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly, the source said.

The proposal was drafted by the committee this afternoon around 2 pm at the office chamber of Speaker Th Lokeshore Singh, informed the source.

Today’s meeting was attended by members of the committee including deputy Speaker, MK Presho Shimary; NCP MLA L Ibomcha; Khurai MLA Ng Bijoy; MLA RK Anand and Opposition leader Dr I Ibohalbi.

The new allowance structure proposed a sharp hike in the total salary (including allowances) of a legislator to Rs 1,49,500 against the current salary of 77,000 per month, informed the source.

The proposal affected a hike in the basic salary of the legislator to Rs 19,500 from the current salary which is Rs 18,500; Rs 25,000 for constituency allowance from Rs 12,000; Rs 25,000 for entertainment allowance from 6,500; Rs 15,000 for telephone allowance from Rs 10,000; Rs 25,000 for secretariat allowance from Rs 15,000 and Rs 7,000 for compensatory allowance from Rs 7,000.

The same sources said that the proposal will be introduced as a bill and ensure that it is passed.

The bill is likely to be introduced in the first day of the two days sittings.

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