PANAJI: The salaries and allowance of the members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) and ministers is likely to be increased by almost 77%.
Two bills seeking to increase the pay cheque of legislators and ministers were tabled in the Goa assembly on Thursday. The government said this was “in view of the increase in price rise and considering the present level of price index.” The dearness allowance for ministers and MLAs is proposed to be hiked by 77% which will correspondingly increase their salaries, and pension.

The bills introduced in the assembly by CM seek to amend Sections 3, 9 and 11 of the Goa Salary, Allowances and Pension of MLAs Act, 2004, so as to increase the monthly salary, daily allowance, constituency allowance and pension payable to MLAs at the rate arrived after deduction of the rate of dearness allowance as was applicable on the first day of April 2012. The last such hike was in 2012.

The bills further seek to enhance the amount payable to MLAs for each day of duty in lieu of accommodation to provide him from the current Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,000. The bills also seeks to amend Section 14 of the said act so as to increase the travelling allowance payable to a member in lieu of accommodation/stay during his travel outside the state in capacity of a committee member or in a official capacity from the current Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,500.

The bills involve financial implication of Rs 6.60 crore per year for MLAs and Rs 57 lakh per year for ministers. MLAs are currently entitled to receive a salary of Rs 10,000 per month and daily allowance at the rate of Rs 2,000 for each day during any period of duty (assembly session). Further, he/she is also entitled to Rs 1,500 for each day on duty in lieu of the accommodation provided to him. At present, a MLA is entitled to a constituency allowance of Rs 90,000 per month during the term of the assembly.

A member is entitled to a pension of Rs 15,000 per month for every successive year of his membership in the assembly, subject to a maximum of Rs 70,000 per month. At present, a member is entitled for reimbursement of an amount to the extent of Rs 6,000 per day in lieu of accommodation during travel outside the state in the capacity of a committee member or in any other official capacity. Sources said that a MLA currently draws around Rs 1 lakh per month. If the bill is passed, the MLA will get almost Rs 1.70 lakh per month.

The CM currently draws a salary of Rs 20,000 and allowance of Rs 25,000, while the deputy CM draws a salary of Rs 19,000 and allowance of Rs 20,000, a minister draws a salary of Rs 19,000 and Rs 15,000 as allowance, a minister of state draws a remuneration of Rs 17,000 and Rs 10,000 as allowance.

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