Massive hike

03/12/2017

Not with standing repeated thrust on austerity measures in Government spending keeping in view poor financial condition of the State, the PDP-BJP Coalition has enormously hiked motor car advance, housing loan and travelling allowance of the legislators with immediate effect. The decision has enhanced resentment among the Daily Rated Workers, Home Guards and Anganwari Workers who have been protesting un-relentlessly for regularization of their services and hike in honorarium. Moreover, the step has received sharp criticism from the Government employees and pensioners, who have been denied benefits of 7th Pay Commission on the ground of funds constraints. In exercise of powers conferred by Section 5-B of the Salaries and Allowance of Members of the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature Act, 1960, the Governor has directed that in Rule 2 of the Motor Car Advance (to the members of the State Legislature) Rules, 1987, the words and figures “Rs 5 lakh” shall be substituted by Rs 10 lakh”, reads SRO-488 dated November 30, 2017 issued by the Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs. With this, all the 122 legislators (89 MLAs and 33 MLCs) would now be entitled to motor car advance up to Rs 10 lakh instead of earlier entitlement of Rs 5 lakh, which is 100% hike.
Similarly, in exercise of powers conferred by Section 10 of the Salaries and Allowance of Members of the J&K State Legislature Act, 1960, the Governor has ordered amendment in the Rule 2 of the Housing Loan (to the Members of State Legislature) Rules, 1988.By way of this amendment, the entitlement of the legislators for housing loan has been increased to Rs 10 lakh against earlier entitlement of Rs 5 lakh and a loan would be available to the legislators at the interest rate of 4% per annum.
Likewise, the Government in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 4-AA of the Salaries and Allowances of Members of the J&K State Legislature Act, 1960 has amended Rule 3 of the Travelling Allowance (to the Members of the State Legislature) Rules, 1999. With this amendment, the travelling allowance of the legislators has been increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.50 lakh per annum.The decision will put huge burden on the State exchequer that too at a time when the Government is laying enough thrust on the austerity measures in Government spending keeping in view poor financial condition of the State. The decision has sent a shock wave among the Daily Rated Workers, Home Guards, Anganwari Workers and other similar sections of workers, who have been protesting un-relentlessly for regularization of their services and hike in honorarium. It seems that financial crunch is only for the workers, employees and pensioners and for legislators the Government doesn’t have shortage of funds.

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