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After AAP govt, centre mulls 100 per cent pay hike for MPs


New Delhi: Even as disruptions shadowed the winter session of parliament, lawmakers are looking ahead with a 100 per cent salary hike which may come in the next budget, government sources said on Thursday.

A joint committee of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha has prepared a report recommending the salary of parliamentarians be hiked from the present Rs.50,000 to Rs.1 lakh, constituency allowance from Rs.45,000 to Rs.90,000 and secretarial assistance plus office allowance from Rs.45,000 to Rs.90,000.

This comes as the winter session saw the Rajya Sabha work for only 46 percent of its time while the Lok Sabha managed to reach the 100 per cent mark.

The panel, headed by BJP Lok Sabha member Yogi Adityanath, also recommended around 75 per cent raise in pensions and an automatic mechanism for the salary hike for parliamentarians.

Highly-placed government sources told IANS that the proposal was under consideration of the finance ministry, but any changes will only come when the next budget is tabled.

“The finance ministry is considering the recommendations, but the hike will come only with the budget,” a union minister said.

The report has not been tabled in parliament.

A think tank member, who was one of the witnesses in a similar committee, said it was not necessary that the report will be made public.

The issue was raised in the Rajya Sabha during the winter session by Samajwadi Party member Naresh Agrawal who said the salary of parliamentarians must be Re.1 more than that of the cabinet secretary.

The 7th Pay Commission recommended Rs.2.5 lakh salary for a cabinet secretary-rank officer.

The joint panel, meanwhile, has also suggested that the health benefits the lawmakers avail of via the central government health scheme should be extended to their children and grandchildren as well.

Informed sources said some parliamentarians submitted to the panel that while they were given a first class ticket to travel by train, their companions, even if it is the spouse, can travel only second class. The panel has advocated first class ticket for companions.

The panel has also suggested first class train ticket for ex-MPs and spouses.

The recommendations of any parliamentary panel are, however, not mandatory for the government.(IANS)

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Saw AAP MLAs Assaulting Chief Secretary, CM’s Advisor Tells Police

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement

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The AAP had denied the charges of assault and said that the Chief Secretary was making allegations at the behest of the BJP. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s adviser V. K. Jain on Thursday told police that he saw AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal “physically assaulting” Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, according to Jain’s statement recorded by the Delhi Police.

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement.

On Tuesday, the Chief Secretary had alleged that he was beaten up by the two AAP MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night, where he had been called for an emergency meeting.

ALSO READ: The assault on Chief Secretary exposes the double standards of AAP government

Police later arrested Khan and Jarwal and they were sent to judicial custody till Thursday.

According to the Chief Secretary, the Chief Minister’s adviser had called him over the phone and asked him to come to the Chief Minister’s residence for the meeting and Jain was also present there.

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According to the statement, Jain also saw that the Chief Secretary’s spectacles had fallen to the ground and the Chief Secretary picked them up and left the room. Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday, the Delhi Police submitted Jain’s statement at a city court, which said that Jain had gone to the washroom during the meeting and as he came out he saw the two AAP MLAs “physically assaulting” the Chief Secretary.

The statement was recorded under Section 161 of the CrPC, which means that it was recorded in front of the police and not a magistrate.

Sources told IANS that Jain later recorded his statement in front of a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.

“The statement under section 164 was later recorded with the magistrate in front a camera, without the presence of police. In that statement also he (Jain) has said that he saw the two MLAs physically assaulting the Chief Secretary,” a police officer privy to the case told IANS.

The officer said that the statement under section 164 has also been submitted to the court.

Jain was first questioned on Wednesday morning and then again on Thursday and his statement was recorded on Thursday.

The change in Jain’s statement that the AAP was referring to was from a “question and answer” with Jain recorded by police after questioning him on Wednesday.

According to a copy of Wednesday’s “question and answer” recorded by police, when asked whether Jain saw the Chief Secretary being manhandled, he replied that he had gone to the washroom in between the meeting and he could not say what happened during that time.

“By putting pressure on him (Jain) throughout the day (Thursday) and by threatening him, police has forced him to change his statement,” AAP MP Sanjay Singh told the media here on Thursday.

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Singh said that the whole issue was a conspiracy to “bring down the Delhi government” and to “defame the AAP”. Wikimedia Commons


“How is it that the same Jain who emphatically said yesterday that he witnessed no assault during the entire time that he was present there has now claimed otherwise?” he asked.

Singh said that AAP MLAs were being arrested over an alleged assault of which there was no proof.

“But on the other hand, despite there being video footage of officials assaulting Delhi Cabinet Minister Imran Hussain, there is no action taken against the guilty by the Delhi Police,” the AAP MP said.

The court on Thursday sent the two AAP MLAs, arrested on charges of assaulting the Chief Secretary, to judicial custody for 14 days.

ALSO READ: Delhi Chief Secretary row: AAP MLA arrested

Orders on the bail pleas of the two AAP MLAs and also on their police custody will be pronounced on Friday.

Meanwhile, scores of Delhi government employees across the city observed a five-minute silence outside their respective offices as a protest against the alleged assault on the Chief Secretary.

The IAS Association said that officers would continue the protest every day, till steps are taken to “ensure safety and dignity” of government staff in the city.

The AAP also hit out at Lt Governor Anil Baijal by stating that he was “working as a BJP agent” and demanded action against those involved in “manhandling and beating up” Hussain and his aide at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday. (IANS)