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MPs demand 100% salary hike for 'Good Conduct'. Wait... what?

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

Yup, you read it right!

Members of Parliament have recommended a 100 per cent salary hike for themselves. Why?

Because they believe it's necessary in view of their "good conduct" and "inflation".

The Bill is expected to be passed in the next session of Parliament.

BJP's Yogi Adityanath is heading the committee which recommended the hikes. They also suggested a 75 per cent rise in pensions and an automatic revision in salaries periodically, reported NDTV.

The MPs have suggested 100 per cent hikes not just on their salaries but also on allowances.

The current salary of an MP is Rs 50,000 along with a constituency allowance of Rs 45,000.

If the Bill is passed, the salary will go up to Rs 1,00,000 (1 lakh) and allowances will be Rs 90,000.

The overall compensation package for a Member of Parliament will go up from Rs 1,40,000 to Rs 2,80,000!

MPs' last salary hike was about six years ago.

A cabinet note has currently been sent for feedback to all ministries, before presenting it in Parliament.

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad, has backed the move. "I support my friend from the Opposition, especially on the issue of conduct of MPs. Inflation affects everyone, MPs are also hit," he was quoted as saying.

Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal said in Rajya Sabha on Monday, "A parliamentary committee which decides on the salary and allowance of MPs had given a report which has been suppressed due to media pressure."

First published: 30 April 2016, 11:34 IST