Maharashtra legislators have demanded a pay hike to make it at par with that of the secretaries and additional chief secretaries, following which a committee has been formed to deliberate upon it.
Speaker Haribhau Bagde called a meeting to discuss the hike in salaries of legislators and their personal assistants at his office in Vidhan Bhavan last week where it was decided to increase the pay scale of PAs from Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000.
Legislative Council Chairman Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, Leader of Opposition in Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, LoP in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde and state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Garish Bapat were present at the meeting, and they all will be part of the committee.
Mungantiwar said more than 150 MLAs had requested the Speaker to increase their salary so that they could “at least provide tea and lunch to party workers”.
“Since 2010, salaries of legislators have not been increased and thus their demand seems legitimate. However, the final decision over the issue will be taken by the committee,” he said.
Bapat said there is a huge difference in salaries of legislators as compared to that of secretaries and additional chief secretaries.