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After four years, Tripura to increase salaries of ministers, legislators by 50 per cent
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After four years, Tripura to increase salaries of ministers, legislators by 50 per cent
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Agartala, Sept 26 (TIWN) After four years, the Left Front ruled Tripura has decided to increase the salary of Chief Minister, Ministers, Opposition Leader and legislators by 50 percent. The second amendment bill proposing the increase of salaries, allowances and pensions of the chief minister, speaker, ministers, leader of the opposition, deputy speaker, chief whip, legislators and former members was moved in the Tripura assembly by the Tripura parliamentary affairs minister Tapan Chakraborty.

The bill -- salaries, allowances, pensions and other benefits of the chief minister, speaker, ministers, leader of the opposition, deputy speaker, chief whip, legislators and former members bill, 2013 – expected to be adopted by the house by Monday.

Senior Congress legislator Ratanlal Nath said : “It is very pathetic that in the CPI-M led Left Front ruled Tripura, the chief minister, ministers, legislators and other people’s representatives are getting the lowest salary and allowances in the country.”

Mr Nath said : “If the people’s elected leader do not get a minimum required salaries and allowances, it would encourage the corruption, fraud ness and various other casualness.

Moving the much expected bill in the opening day of the three-day monsoon session of the Tripura assembly, minister Mr Chakraborty said that the increase of the salaries, allowances and pensions of the Chief Minister, ministers, opposition leader, chief whip and legislators has remained due for a long time.

“The salaries, allowances and pensions of the Chief Minister, ministers, opposition leader, chief whip and legislators were last increased in 2009. In view of the increase of prices of essentials and other commodities, it has now become necessary to enhance these financial benefits,” he added.

Mr Chakraborty said that due to the financial constraint of the state, the bill limits the proposal to a nominal enhancement of their salaries, allowances and pensions.

An official of the Tripura parliamentary affairs department said : “Salaries of the chief minister would be increased from Rs 12,500 to Rs 18,750. Salaries of the speaker, ministers, chief whip and leader of opposition would be increased from Rs. Rs.12,300 to Rs 18,450 while that of the legislators would go up from Rs.11,500 to 17,250.”

The salary of the deputy speaker and minister of state would go up from Rs.12,000 to Rs 18,000.

A former legislator would now get the pension of Rs.12,150 to Rs 15,190 per month instead of Rs.8,100 to Rs 10,125 respectively ranging their tenure of membership in the legislative assembly.

Various allowances, including the sumptuary allowance of the chief minister, ministers, opposition leader, chief whip and legislators have also been raised.

The monthly sumptuary allowance has been proposed to rise to Rs 2,030 to Rs 2,430.

The opposition Congress members have been demanding to increase the salaries, allowances and pensions of the chief minister, ministers, opposition leader, chief whip, legislators and former MLAs at per with their counterparts of other states in India.

The monsoon session of the Tripura assembly begun here Thursday with the opposition Congress members have raised various issues and misrule of the government including recent ill-treatment in Gobinda Ballav Pant government medical college and hospital.

After the appointment of new opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman, this is the first session of the Tripura assembly.

The fourth session of the eleventh Tripura assembly will continue up to Sept 30.

A bill proposing the amendment of the Tripura Municipal Act, 1994 suggesting upgrading the Agartala Municipal Council into a corporation and some Nagar Panchayats into Municipal Councils was tabled in the house.

Besides, panchayat amendment act bill, land records and settlement bill, horticulture related bill were also presented by the concerned ministers in the house Thursday.

To protect the doctors, health service personnel and workers and the government properties associated with the health services, a bill – the Tripura Medicare service persons and Medicare service institutions (prevention of violence and damage to property) bill, 2013 was also reintroduced in the house by Mr Chakraborty, who is also the health minister of Tripura.  

 

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