Published On: Sat, Dec 5th, 2015

Union minister justifies AAP MLAs’ pay hike on pretext of Seventh Pay Commission

New Delhi: A Union minister Friday justified the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government’s approval for a 400% hike in MLAs salaries on the pretext of Seventh Pay Commission recommendations of salaries hike of central government employees.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu compared Russian children with those in Britain.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu compared central government employees salaries hike with MPs/MLAs.

The central government employees pay hiking is used to muster the support of the political domain as well as provide a justification for a “legitimate” of Delhi Assembly approved a whopping 400 per cent hike in basic salary of MLAs in the eyes of the public.

Even as the BJP and Congress criticised the pay hiking of Delhi Assembly MLAs, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said there the salary of elected representatives needed to be increased across the country.

“As Parliamentary Affairs Minister, I feel that there is a reasonable reason to enhance the salary and emoluments of elected representatives across the country, depending on the financial liability of the state and the region, including members of Parliament (MPs),” he said.

Naidu said it has become a fashion just to focus on salary of elected representatives and ignore what is happening in others sectors.

In this regard, he also referred to recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission and government’s endeavour to hike salary of the central government employees.


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