Gangtok, 08 June:
A hefty hike in the salaries and allowances of sitting Ministers, Speakers, Deputy Speaker and Members of Legislative Assembly has been tabled today in the two-day summer session of Sikkim Legislative Assembly.
Minister-in-Charge for Law, Legal, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs, Ram Bahadur Subba proposed 300% hike in the salaries and allowances of sitting Ministers, Speakers, Deputy Speaker and Members of Legislative Assembly and said that a need has been felt to revise the salaries of elected representatives of Sikkim Legislative Assembly in view of present price escalation and high inflation.
While tabling the Amendment Bill for revising the salaries and allowances of Ministers, Speakers, Deputy Speaker and Members of Legislative Assembly, Mr Subba in his statement of objects and reasons said that in case of Government employees, price rise from time to time are being compensated by granting Dearness Allowances twice a year which has not been extended to the dignitaries and moreover, revision in salaries has also been effected in 7th Pay Commission.
He said that with the cited objects and reasons, the State Government has deemed its expedient to enhance the existing salary rates from current financial year 2018-19.
The State Government had last hiked salaries and allowances of the elected dignitaries in 2012.
The present proposal of hike in salaries and allowances of the legislators will cost additional expenditure of Rs.7.15 crore in the current financial year and Rs.8.20 crore from next financial year from the consolidated fund of the state.
However, as compared to the salaries and other allowances of the sitting members of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, the pension of ex-legislators has been hiked to 50% from existing pension drawn.
The existing pension of ex-legislators has been hiked to Rs 15,000 per month from existing Rs 10,000 per month while those who have served as Cabinet Ministers, Speakers and Chief Ministers are proposed to get Rs 22,500 per month from the existing Rs 15,000.
The amendment bill has also proposed to insert a new provision earmarked to regulate the grant of medical allowances to the former legislators of Rs 2,000 per month along with pension benefits.