TMC to oppose hike in MPs' salary
New Delhi: A day after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed a law for an automatic revision of salaries for MPs every five years, Trinamool Congress on Friday opposed the proposed law and said they would protest the bill when it will be tabled on the floor of the House.
The party high-command feels that MPs are already getting enough salary, so there is no need of hike.
The decision to oppose the government proposal in the budget presented in Lok Sabha on Thursday was taken after a telephonic conversation TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had with party Lok Sabha leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay and his Rajya Sabha counterpart Derek O'Brien.
"TMC opposes any hike in lawmakers' salary. A telephonic discussion took place between our party chief and leaders in both the Houses. There is no need for a raise. We will oppose the Bill proposed by the government," senior TMC leader Derek O'Brien said.
As per the budget, the salary of an MP will double to Rs one lakh from Rs 50,000 while pension will see a rise from Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000. However, there is no change in the present daily allowance (Rs 2,000 per sitting), constituency allowance (Rs 45,000) and office allowance (Rs 45,000). The salary, pension and daily allowance will have an automatic increase every five years and it is inflation-indexed.
Lawmakers have been demanding the salary hike for years that an independent body should be set up to look into their demands.
After Independence the salary of a lawmaker was ten time lesser than the President.