The members of the Odisha Legislative Assembly on Saturday urged the government to raise their salary in view of rising inflation. MLAs cutting across party lines raised the demand during the Zero Hour citing the inflationary condition.
“The salary of MLAs was revised for the last time in 2017. Also, our travel allowances were raised that year. Keeping the inflationary condition in mind, the State government should raise our salary,” demanded Opposition chief whip and BJP MLA Mohan Majhi.
At present, Odisha legislators draw Rs 1 lakh salary per month while MLAs in other states get more salary.
Extending support to Majhi, Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati said, “Former MLAs are getting Rs 30,000 monthly pension which should also be raised.”
Biju Janata Dal legislator Amar Prasad Satpathy and independent MLA Makaranda Muduli also raised the same demand in the House.