After hike, Indian MP gets 13 times less than US lawmaker

MSN News | Indian Express | 20/08/2010

Even after a three-fold pay hike, Indian MPs will still earn much less than their fellow parliamentarians in major countries. With the Cabinet on Friday giving its nod to the pay rise besides doubling several other emoluments, the basic monthly salary of Indian lawmakers has now gone up to Rs 50,000 from Rs 16,000. The new salary component, excluding perks and other allowances, is not at par with the salaries of their counterparts in other major economies. The current salary for all Senators and Members of the House of Representatives in the US is $174,000 per annum, or $14,500 per month. If converted into Indian currency, the monthly salary of a US lawmaker becomes Rs 675,203, which is more than 13 times the new salary of an Indian MP. When compared with the monthly pay of a Canadian MP, the new salary of Indian MPs is almost 11 times lower, while it is eight times lower than that of British lawmakers.

A member of Canada’s House of Commons is at present drawing $12,611 as salary per month while it is £5,478 or Rs 399,941 for a British parliamentarian. According to the Australian government’s website, the basic salary of an MP in that country is about $118,000 per annum or $ 9,833 per month. Similarly, a member of Japanese Parliament (Diet) gets about 1.3 million yen, or $15,200, every month. The net monthly pay of a MP in Singapore is 13,710 Singapore dollars, or Rs 471,364. The monthly salaries of lawmakers in France, Italy, Germany and Spain are €7,002, €5,487, €7,688 and €3,126 respectively. Earlier in the day Government faced protests in the Lok Sabha, hours after it decided to raise salary of MPs to Rs 50,000 with several non-BJP opposition members storming the well demanding that it be raised to Rs 80,001. Stop the insult of MPs and implement report of the parliamentary committee were slogans chanted by SP, BSP, JD(U), RJD, Shiv Sena and Akali Dal members, forcing Speaker Meira Kumar to adjourn the House twice.  In the din, the House approved amendments made by the Rajya Sabha to the Trade Marks (Amendment) bill by a voice vote. This was protested by the RJD leaders. As the protests continued, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings again till 2 pm.Apart from the hike in the basic pay from Rs 16,000 to Rs 50,000 per month, government also doubled several other emoluments for them. 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. The limit for interest-free loan for MPs for buying a personal vehicle has been hiked four-fold to Rs 4 lakh from the present Rs 1 lakh. The government has also hiked road mileage rate for vehicles used by MPs from Rs 13 per km to Rs 16 per km. Spouse of a parliamentarian can now travel any number of times in first class or executive class, the sources said. Pension benefits have also been increased from Rs 8,000 to Rs 20,000 per month.


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