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New Delhi: Aam Admi Party’s Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal that claims to represent the interest of the common man has approved four times increase in the salaries of AAP lawmakers and ministers in the national capital.

According to reports, the pay of Delhi MLAs has been increased from Rs 12,000 per month to Rs 50,000 while the ministers will now draw Rs 80,000 instead of Rs 20,000 per month. However, the overall income of a Delhi legislator could shoot up from Rs 88,000 to about Rs 2.1 lakh now.

This comes at a time when debt-ridden farmers are putting an end to their precious lives.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh had opposed the hike sought by his party’s lawmakers citing the plight of the farmers.

“Jab desh mein itne farmers suicide kar rahe hai, aise samay par hum apni salary badhaye ye sahi nahi hai (At a time when farmers are committing suicide in our country, it is not right to increase salaries),” Singh had said.

An independent three-member panel had suggested the hike on October 6 this year which has been approved by the Delhi government. The Aam Aadmi Party government had set up the panel to look into the revision of salary after a dozen of its legislators complained that it was not enough.

“Keeping in view the cost of living in Delhi and given the fact that there is no provision being made for housing allowance or for reimbursement of bills for amenities such as electricity and water, the Committee recommends that the salary be raised from the present level of Rs 12,000 per month to Rs 50,000 per month,” said the panel in its 21-page report.

The committee, chaired by former Lok Sabha secretary general P D T Achary, had submitted the report to Delhi assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel.

Besides, the hiked proposed for constituency allowance was Rs 50,000 from Rs 18,000 while conveyance allowances, the panel said, should be increased to Rs 30,000 from Rs 6,000 per month.

The panel suggested that lawmakers should get a reimbursement of Rs 70,000 as an allowance under Secretarial, Research and Office Assistance. Presently, the amount is Rs 30,000.

To meet office-related expenses, the panel said MLAs should get Rs 25,000. For communication, the allowance should be Rs 10,000. The committee also recommended that daily allowance in the assembly which is Rs 1,000 be raised to Rs 2,000.

However, the BJP and the Congress had slammed the ruling party in Delhi over the proposed hike.

“They want their salaries to be hiked from Rs 88,000 to Rs 2,10,000. They want posh residences. Is this the Aam Aadmi Party government,” BJP Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay had asked.

Youth Congress workers had staged a protest outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence over the recommended hike in the salaries of legislators.

The protesters, carrying banners and placards with messages such as ‘Aam aadmi hua khaas, janata ka uth gaya inse vishwas’ (Common man has become special, he has lost public faith), had raised slogans against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.

(With inputs from agencies)

  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Wah ! what a way to accomplish Swaraj when millions lose their work each day

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We are very WEAK, we are very timid — we have no more “kshatriya blood running in our veins” to defend ourselves and to protect our own land of birth

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Delhi murder case will never become Dadri or Kathua, Read here WHY?

By Salil Gewali

The incident that had happened in the capital town on last Sunday was dangerously shocking.  A small businessman – Mr. Druv Raj Tyagi, a resident of Moti Nagar, West Delhi, was stabbed brutally who died the very next day. The reason behind this gruesome attack was that the business man’s daughter was often indecently taunted and eve-teased by a group of boys from other community in the locality. This had become a cause of serious concerns for the family members. On that fateful night, the father was returning from a clinic with his daughter who was quite sick. When a gang of youths passed indecent remarks upon the daughter, the father could not tolerate it, he felt very humiliated. He immediately determined himself to approach the parents of one of the main boys.

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The father of the boy, Mr. Jahangir Khan, instead of apologizing and pacifying Mr. Tyagi and taking his son to task started hurling the abuses at him. Very soon many other Jahangir’s relatives joined him and started thrashing the man. In the meantime, Jahangir took out a knife and stabbed multiple times in his abdomen. Hearing the loud cries of the father, the son – Mr. Anmol Tyagi immediately rushed to the spot. But Jahangir Khan again aggressively attacked the boy with the same knife. Due to deep injuries in Tyagi’s liver, kidney, and intestines, he died on Monday while the son is still battling for the life.

Such cases of brutal attacks or sexual overtures on the particular community are increasingly happening across the country. No matter how heinous the crimes, no matter how brutal the sexual torture, they never become “Kathua and Dadri”, nor do any leaders visit the scene of the crime to console the aggrieved victims of the majority community. Nor any noted NGOs, nor elite groups come out in protest and condemn the incidents. Even the bloodiest incidents of Ankit Saxena, Pankaj Narang, Sunita, Riya Gautam and so on could not evoke any sympathy of our celebrities and political leaders, nor of‘AWARD-WAPSI’ gang. Needless to say, hardly any candle marches are held and placards displayed in condemnation against the criminals if the victims are from the majority community. Are the pains and agonies of the majority less hurtful and the perpetrators less sinful?  Is this not disgustingly inhumane trend?

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Such cases of brutal attacks or sexual overtures on the particular community are increasingly happening across the country.

Please note, not just the only women are unsafe in India. The time is not far off when the whole major population of the country will be screaming for the safety and security in their own land. How did Kashmir happen, how our people were tortured and deported, and how did we react? What with our secularist brothers who have learned all along to hate the nation itself! Yes, they have moved a step further by coining the unheard term — Hindu terror.

We are very WEAK, we are very timid — we have no more “kshatriya blood running in our veins”  to defend ourselves and to protect our own land of birth. Kerala, West Bengal and some pockets of Assam are already up in arms against us.

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Alas, our inaction, our meek silence and our deceptive “chant of secularism” has almost put the major populace under the ominous threat.

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Wakeup before the dagger of violence hacks the neck of this rich civilization! 

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali.