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Seal on salary hike for MLAs

Patna, June 10: The state government today approved a proposal to increase salary by Rs 5,000 per month and perks including constituency allowance and loan for purchase of car of legislators.

A proposal to this effect for legislators was approved at a meeting of state cabinet presided over by chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.

As per the proposal, the monthly salary of legislators would be raised to Rs 30,000 from the existing of Rs 25,000, principal secretary, parliamentary affairs, Sudhir Kumar told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

The constituency allowance for them would be increased from Rs 25,000 per month to Rs 45,000. The amount for car loan would be enhanced to Rs 10 lakh from the present Rs 8 lakh.

Among other perks, the daily allowance of legislators has been doubled to Rs 2,000 for staying in the state capital.

The same for remaining within state has been raised to Rs 1,500 a day from Rs 1,000 at present and outside state to Rs 2,500 from Rs 2,000 currently, Kumar said.

Pension of former legislators has been increased to Rs 25,000 per month from Rs 15,000 at present, he said. There is also a provision for annual increase of pension by Rs 2,000 from Rs 1,000 at present, he added.

The cabinet also gave its nod to many proposals of various other departments like education, home, rural development and health.

On March 31, 2011, the cabinet approved an increase in the monthly guest allowances of the chief minister and other ministers besides making a three-fold hike in the salaries of legislators.

The cabinet also gave its approval for creation of four posts of principal judge (district and sessions judge category), one each for setting up family court in the districts of Arwal, Sheikhpura, Banka and Kishanganj.

Bureaucrats shifted

Minor changes have been made in the state bureaucracy with effective from June 3.

According to a notification by the general administration department, Ram Swaroop Singh, commissioner of Kosi division, has been given the additional charge of Purnea division while the earlier orders of transferring additional member of revenue board Rajesh Gupta to Purnea as its divisional commissioner and Vinay Kumar, director of science and technology department, to the post of administrator of cooperative bank was withdrawn with immediate effect.


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