Bengaluru: Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Monday passed a bill to increase salaries of all MLAs by nearly 75 per cent from fiscal 2015-16. This hike puts them in the bracket of some of the highest paid law makers in the country.
Karnataka legislators on Monday gave themselves a hefty hike in salaries and allowances with the Chief Minister’s monthly salary set to jump from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000. The salaries of the ministers will go up from Rs 25,000 to Rs 40,000 per month.
The sumptuary allowance has been increased to Rs three lakh per month for both Chief Ministers and the ministers. The salary of MLAs will go up from Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 per month under the Karnataka Legislature Salaries, Pensions and Allowances (Amendment) Bill.
There is considerable increase in other allowances including conveyence and house rent. The salaries of the Legislative Council Chairman and the Speaker will be Rs 50,000 per month and sumptuary allowance Rs three lakh each.
The increase in salaries, pension and allowance of the legislators will entail an additional expenditure of Rs 44 crore per annum and the hike in salaries and allowances of ministers will cast an additional burden to the tune of Rs 3.50 crore per year on government exchequer.
The Karnataka Legislature Salaries, Pensions and Allowances (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and Karnataka Ministers Salaries and Allowances (Amendment) Bill, moved by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, were passed in the assembly by voice vote.