Ranchi, July 7: Assembly Speaker Shashank Shekhar Bhokta today proposed a hike in the honorarium of state legislators in tune with the one recently announced by the Bihar government, which, if approved by the Hemant Soren administration, will see over Rs 70,000 jump in the MLA’s monthly income.
Currently, the monthly basic salary of an MLA is Rs 20,000. This apart, a legislator gets another Rs 20,000 towards regional allowance, Rs 500 for conveyance, Rs 3,000 as medical allowance, Rs 1,000 for entertainment and Rs 15,000 towards other allowances. According to sources, a member of the state Assembly receives over Rs 70,000 per month now.
Moreover, the MLAs are also entitled to a personal assistant and an orderly of their choice, whose monthly salary is Rs 15,500 and Rs 5,500, respectively.
Besides, every MLA can avail free coupons worth Rs 3 lakh per annum for their trips by road, rail and air.
They also get allowance for their journey within and outside the state, free accommodation in the state capital as per rules, et al.
These figures are for only a normal MLA. The Assembly Speaker, the leader of the Opposition and legislator party leaders get higher payment and perks.
Nevertheless, the MLAs, cutting across the party lines, have been demanding a hike in their remuneration. They claimed that their current salary was not enough to meet the basic requirements.
The MLAs also rued that the state government was yet to allot land for their housing cooperative society formed back in 2002.
“A similar society formed by bureaucrats around the same time has already got land. We want the state government to clarify whether it is genuinely interested to allot plot for our cooperative society in Ranchi,” said one of the MLAs.