Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said Pime Minister Narendra Modi should get a “salary hike” as well, after facing criticism over salary hike of salaries of Delhi MLAs .
Defending the decision of salary hike, he said even after the hike is effected, MLAs won’t earn even “120th fraction” of what editors of media organisations and top TV anchors earn.
“How is Rs 1 lakh per month unreasonable? If the Prime Minister’s salary is less than this, even his salary should be raised. We all demand that his salary should be hiked,” he said while speaking in Delhi Assembly over Jan Lokpal.
He commented, “Kal ko Obama miley toh kya bolenege…(if he meets Obama tomorrow, what will he say. It (PM’s salary) should be at least 8-10 lakh.”
Delhi CM added that it was important to give legislators proper salaries and other facilities but “if they still indulge in corruption don’t spare them.”
The Delhi assembly on Thursday approved a 400 percent pay hike for MLAs and ministers, by passing the Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Government of NCT of Delhi (Salaries, Allowances, Pension) Amendment Bill, 2015.
A three-member committee of experts had recommended a substantial hike in the salary and allowances of Delhi lawmakers. The bill will now be sent to the central government for final approval.