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300 pc salary hike not enough, make it 500 pc, say MPs

New Delhi: The basic pay of Members of Parliament was on Friday hiked by more than three times from Rs 16,000 to Rs 50,000 by the government which also doubled several other emoluments for them.

Ending speculation about a delay in the pay hike of MPs due to differences among ministers on the issue, the Cabinet gave its nod to hiking the basic pay from Rs 16,000 to Rs 50,000 per month.

However, this is much less than the figure of Rs 80,001 recommended by the parliamentary committee which had said the MPs should get more than government secretaries as the former are above them in the hierarchy.

The government also increased office expenses of parliamentarians from Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000 per month. The constituency allowance has also been doubled from Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000 per month, government sources said.

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