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MPs’ salary increase: Here’s what our lawmakers’ new pay package looks like

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The Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances approved the parliamentary affairs ministry’s proposals, doubling MPs’ basic salary from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

New Delhi: The increase in salaries and allowances of Members of Parliament was approved Thursday by the Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances. The panel approved all of the proposals made by the parliamentary affairs ministry.

In his Union Budget speech on 1 February, finance minister Arun Jaitley had announced an increase in the salaries of the President, the Vice-President and governors. MPs’ demands for a raise were also addressed – Jaitley assured that they would get a decent increase in remuneration.

The joint committee itself had made proposals for this, but in the end, went ahead with the ministry’s proposals, which are lower. The new package will come into effect from 1 April 2018.

Here’s the break-up of the new package:

Illustration by Siddhant Gupta.
Illustration by Siddhant Gupta.


Existing – Rs 75,000 (once every five years)

Joint committee’s proposal – Rs 1.5 lakh (Rs 1.2 lakh for durable furniture and Rs 30,000 for non-durable furniture)

Ministry’s proposal (approved) – Rs 1 lakh (Rs 80,000 for durable furniture and Rs 20,000 for non-durable furniture)

Effective increase – Rs 25,000

Enhancement in office expense allowance

Existing – Rs 45,000 per month (stationery items – Rs 15,000, for secretarial assistance – Rs 30,000)

Joint committee’s proposal – Rs 75,000 per month (stationery items – Rs 25,000, for secretarial assistance – Rs 50,000)

Ministry’s proposal (approved) – Rs 60,000 per month (stationery items – Rs 20,000, for secretarial assistance – Rs 40,000)

Increase – Rs 15,000 per month

Constituency allowance

Existing – Rs 45,000 per month

Joint committee’s proposal – Rs 75,000 per month

Ministry’s proposal (approved) – Rs 70,000 per month. It shall be increased every five years, beginning April 2023 on the basis of cost inflation index provided.

Effective increase – Rs 25,000 per month

High-speed internet

Rs 2,200 per month (applied since January 2017, set to continue)

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  1. Joji
    Dont go by the newspaper reports. The lowest salary for central govt employee is stil at 18,000/-. What is shown as 20 percent and 23 percent increase is after a gap of 10 years and many employees hardly had a hike of 3k to 4 k. What is given on one hand is taken back in the form of income tax. Employees of Central govt are completely disappointed wkith the 7th pay commission because whatever increase or benefits is only on paper.

  2. No body talks about the vulgar salaries dolled out to Central Government employees after the 7th pay commision. Nearly 3. 5 trillion for 11 million employees and pensioners. For what? The MPs at least will have to slug it out every five years

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