The Karnataka legislative assembly on February 22 passed bills hiking salaries and allowances of the chief minister, ministers as well as the legislators. this will mean a further recurring yearly expenditure of about Rs 92.4 crore.
These bills have been pending for a long time and were proposed on the premise of increasing cost of living. The bill sought to increase the Chief Minister’s salary from Rs 50,000 to Rs 75,000 per month. It seeks to hike the salary of ministers from Rs 40,000 to Rs 60,000 per month. The sumptuary allowance for both are going to be hiked from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4.50 lakh a year.
The house rent allowance of ministers is to go up from Rs 80,000 per month to Rs 1.20 lakh per month, while the allowance to take care of these houses and premises has also been hiked from Rs 20,000 per month to Rs 30,000 a month. Henceforth, Rs 2,000 are going to be paid towards petrol charges by the govt , instead of the earlier Rs 1,000.
As per the bill, the legislative assembly speaker and the chairperson of the legislative council will enjoy a salary of Rs 75,000 instead of the earlier Rs 50,000. The monthly salary of the leaders of the opposition also will increase to Rs 60,000 from the earlier Rs 40,000 per month. The tour allowance for the ministers are going to be Rs 2,500 per day. The MLAs and MLCs may now expect to a salary of Rs 40,000 per month instead of the earlier Rs 25,000.