Won’t hike salaries, Kejriwal not role model: Goa CM

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Friday in Panji said he won’t hike salaries of legislators and that he did not consider Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as his “role model”.

“Kejriwal is not my role model. Even if the decision (on hiking salaries of legislators in Delhi) is favourable for MLAs, Kejriwal is not our role model,” Parsekar said.

He was asked if he was considering hiking salaries of the state’s 40 legislators on the line of the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi which on Thursday decided to hike legislators’ salaries steeply.

With the latest increase, the wages of a Delhi legislator has risen from Rs.88,000 to Rs.2.10 lakh. In Goa, the average salary of a legislator is around Rs.1.14 lakh a month.

The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi on Thursday had tabled an amendment in the assembly, seeking a whopping increase in the salary of legislators and ministers.

The Member of Legislative Assembly of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Salaries, Allowances, Pensions, etc) (Amendment Bill) proposes the hike from the present Rs.88,000 to over Rs.2 lakh per month.

This includes all claimed allowances.

The amendment bill for ministers proposes an increase from Rs.70,000 to Rs.2.75 lakh per month.

 Besides, the bill to hike the salary of Leader of Opposition, speaker, deputy speaker and chief whip were tabled.

The Leader of Opposition and speaker will also draw almost the same salary as ministers.

A three-member committee of experts had recommended a substantial hike in the salary and allowances of Delhi lawmakers.

After being passed, the bill will sent to the central government for its approval.

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