Congress’s Maken slams AAP over MLAs’ 400% salary hike

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Passing a money bill effecting 400 percent increase in the legislators’ salary without the approval of the President was an “illegality” besides being a VVIP treatment that the AAP government has given itself, said Congress’s Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken on Friday.

“AAP has given a salary hike of 400 percent to the MLAs in Delhi. They will now draw a salary of Rs.2.60 lakh per month, including the travel allowance. Above this 10 percent increase per year would mean half a crore rupees salary per year per MLA at the end of five years,” Maken told reporters in Delhi.

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“If MLAs from a party known as Aam Admi Party are going to draw a salary of rupees half a crore per year towards the end of their term, (it) is absurd. They should change their name from AAP to VVIP party because I don’t think even a VVIP would be getting such a huge salary perk,” he said.

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Maken said that Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party vernment committed an “illegality” by passing such a bill without the consent of the President.

“Since it a money bill and going to give a hike of 400 percent to the MLAs, this was supposed to be passed only after the approval of the President… AAP government has committed an illegality.”

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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.

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