The Union Cabinet on Monday deferred a decision on hiking the salary and allowances of MPs though the issue was discussed in detail.
The proposed increase is unlikely to be effected in the current session of Parliament.
Members of the Cabinet felt that raising MPs’ emoluments at this stage in the wake of allegations of corruption in Commonwealth Games and the drought situation in some parts of the country would be seen in bad light, sources in government said.
MPs currently get Rs 16,000 per month as salary while a secretary to the government gets Rs 80,000 a month. The proposal is to hike the salary to Rs 50,000.
Besides the base salary, an MP gets a daily allowance of Rs 1000 for each day when Parliament is in session or a sitting of a House committee is scheduled.
Indian MPs had a complaint that they are amongst the least paid politicians in the world. This might be one of the reasons of high end corruption at the political level. Will hike in their salaries satisfy some level of their greed and help in bringing down the corruption?