Cabinet approves fresh perks for legislators

Discusses Report On Amarnath Yatra

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Oct 10: The state cabinet that met Wednesday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah approved huge perks for the legislators. The cabinet, sources said, also discussed the Supreme Court report on Amarnath Yatra and decided to preserve the ecology at the base camps of Baltal and Chandanwari.
Sources privy to the meeting, told Greater Kashmir, that the cabinet was unanimous in approving massive perks in favour of MLAs and MLCs. “The constituency development fund (CDF) of MLAs and MLCs have been increased from Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1.5 crore. Similarly, the monthly salary of legislators have been enhanced from Rs 80,300 to Rs one lakh,” sources said.
The cabinet, according to sources, also approved hike of Rs 500 in the allowance of legislators for attending the session and house committee meetings. As per the revised rates the allowance would be now paid at the rate of Rs 1000 per sitting.
They said the cabinet also approved the enhancement of the monthly honorarium in favour of Personal Assistants of Ministers and MLAs from Rs 3000 to Rs 6000 a month.
Sources said the cabinet agreed to the repayment of interest-free housing loan acquired by MLAs and MLCs in 72 installments.
Sources said the cabinet that was supposed to discuss the Supreme Court report on Amarnath before October 12, the date of hearing of the case in the Apex Court. “The cabinet unanimously decided to uphold the natural beauty and ecology of twin base camps, Baltal in Sonamarg and Chandanwari at Pahalgam,” sources said. The cabinet, sources said, was bound to discuss the report before October 12.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 11 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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