NEW DELHI: The deadlock over MPs’ salary hike ended on Saturday after the government’s trouble-shooter Mr Pranab Mukherjee met agitating parliamentarians who are unhappy with the three-fold increase and are demanding a 500 per cent raise. The government is likely to consider marginally increasing the hike, official sources said.
Mr Mukherjee met the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader, Mr Lalu Prasad and Samajwadi Party chief, Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav early on Saturday following which peace returned to the Lok Sabha, a day after they stalled the House proceedings demanding more money.
Leader of Oppo-sition in the Rajya Sabha, Mr Arun Jaitley, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, Mr Gopinath Munde and Bahujan Samaj Party
(BSP) leader, Mr Dara Singh Chauhan were also present in the meeting with Mr Mukherjee, who is leader of the Lok Sabha.
The RJD chief told reporters in Parliament House that the matter regarding the salary hike has been “resolved”. “The House will now function as per rules,” he said.
Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader, Mr Sharad Yadav also informed the House that the government had assured them that their concerns on salary hike would be addressed soon.
The salary hike bill cleared by the cabinet on Friday was supposed to be introduced in the Lok Sabha Saturday but wasn’t included in the revised list of business. The bill is likely to be introduced next week.
The bill seeks to raise an MP’s salary from Rs 16,000 to Rs 50,000 and double their perks, but parliamentarians from various parties were dissatisfied and said it was less than the Rs 80,001 recommended by a parliamentary committee.