Arvind Kejriwal approves 66 percent salary hike for Delhi MLAs


New Delhi: The MLAs of Delhi will get a 66 percent salary hike. The increase was approved by the Delhi government on Tuesday. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal raising the existing monthly salary and allowances from Rs 54,000 to Rs 90,000, said a Delhi government statement.

The Kejriwal government had requested the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that the salary and allowances of Delhi MLAs should be at par with those from other states, it said. However, the MHA “restricted the proposal” of the Delhi government and capped the salary to only Rs 30,000, it added.

“The BJP and Congress ruled states are currently paying 1.5 to 2 times higher salaries and allowances. The restriction imposed by the Centre has forced Delhi’s MLAs to be amongst the lowest earning MLAs in the country,” it said.

“Now the salary plus allowances of the MLAs of Delhi has been restricted by the MHA to Rs 90,000,” it said. Earlier, the MLAs were paid Rs 54,000 per month including Rs 12,000 salary and the remaining amount as allowances.

The salary and allowances of Delhi MLAs were last revised in 2011.

Inputs from PTI