Lawmakers in Rajasthan ensure they get a hefty pay hike

Law makers in Rajasthan have done their own ilk a favour.

Law makers in Rajasthan have done their own ilk a favour.

A former Chief Minister in Rajasthan shall now be entitled to a Government accommodation in or outside Jaipur that a cabinet rank minister is eligible for. Apart from that, a Bill passed in the state Assembly makes a former chief minister in Rajasthan eligible for a government provided car, free telephone, a personal secretary, a personal assistant, a UDC, two information assistants and 3 class - 4 employees.

If the former CM does not take these facilities, he shall be eligible for monthly payment in return.

Not just that, the salaries of chief minister, cabinet ministers, state ministers, MLAs, parliamentary secretary, chief whip and deputy chief whip have also been increased.

In case of the Chief Minister, salary has gone up from Rs 35,000 to Rs 55,000; for a Cabinet Minister, it has become Rs 45,000 from Rs 30,000; for an MLA, it has gone up from Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000; for a Parliamentary Secretary, it has gone up from Rs 27,000 to Rs 40,000; for a Chief Whip, it has gone up from Rs 30,000 to Rs 45,000; and for a Deputy Chief Whip, it has gone up from Rs 27,000 to Rs 42,000.

An MLA gets several allowances apart from the salary too, including Rail travel benefit allowance, which has been increased to Rs 2 lakh; secretariat allowance increased from Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000; daily allowance has been increased from Rs 1000 to Rs 1500 in the state and from Rs 1250 to Rs 1750 outside the state.

Before this, the last salary increase was seen in 2012 during the Gehlot regime.