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Annual Salaries

Annual Salaries

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 Annual Salaries1. President of India: 1 Crore(10Million Rupees)2. MP( Member of Parliament): 50 L (5 Million Rupees)3. MLA(Member of Legislative Assembly):24L (2.4 Million Rupees)4. Municipal Corporaters(Metros): 12L (1.2 Million Rupees)5. Municipal Corporaters(2nd rung towns): 6L (600,000 Rupees)6. Municipal Corporaters(small towns): 3L (300,000 Rupees)7. Village Panchayat Members: 1.5L (150,000 Rupees)Pension for next 5 years after they are no longer elected representatives:1. MP( Member of Parliament): 25 L (2.5 Million Rupees)2. MLA(Member of Legislative Assembly):12L (1.2 Million Rupees)3. Municipal Corporaters(Metros): 6L (600,000 Rupees)4. Municipal Corporaters(2nd rung towns): 3L (300,000 Rupees)5. Municipal Corporaters(small towns): 2L (200,000 Rupees)6. Village Panchayat Members: 1L (100,000 Rupees) An additional 25% performance bonus based on ratings provided by the electors in a representatives constituency might just provide sufficientincentive to perform on measurable parameters.These kind of salaries might even induce politicians to shun small amounts of money as bribes. Apart from this state funding of elections can also go a long way in reducing corruption.Proposed Funding for elections can be made available in the form of reimbursement of actual expenses of top 3 candidates to upper limit of:-1. Parliament Elections: 50L(5Million Rupees)2. State Legislatures: 15L (1.5 Million Rupees)3. Municipal Elections(Metro): 5L ( 500,000 Rupees)4. Municipal Election(2nd rung towns): 2L (200,000 Rupees)5. Municipal Election(Small towns): 1L (100,000 Rupees)6. Village Panchayat Elections: 25K (25000 Rupees)and for next 2 candidates:-1. Parliament Elections: 10L (1Million Rupees)2. State Legislatures: 3L (300,000 Rupees)3. Municipal Elections(Metro): 2L (200,000 Rupees)4. Municipal Election(2nd rung towns): 50K(50000 Rupees)
Should politicians get a salary for participating in the political system? Should politicians get paid fortheir travel and their hotel cost? I say NO! Do not pay politicians! Politics is about ideas. It's not aprofession where one gets paid for sitting in an office or for shaking hands all day.In these days of the Internet, anyone can put ideas on websites, communicate with people by email,send out mailing lists and post comments under articles like this one. If a politician, or anyone else,has a view on something, they can easily give that view without having to make a lot of expenses.I say that those who have been elected into office through some democratic voting procedure shouldnot be paid at all! If you want someone to take decisions on your behalf, then wouldn't it be nice toknow what you can expect from them? Not paying politicians encourages them to come up with ideas.That again encourages politicians to think about issues and to rethink their positions. It encouragespoliticians to ask for comments and, where appropriate, to change their views.
 
If you have ideas, then you should share them. Look at me, I'm giving you my view here and I do sofor free, because I believe it's an idea worth sharing. You are invited to comment on my view! If youhave good arguments, I'd be happy to change my view, for free of course, and I'd thank you forsharing such good arguments. I'd be happy to further share the revised view, because I'd beconvinced that this was a better view.If I did change my view, it would also be clear which comments had made me change my mind andwho came up with those arguments. Such online discussions therefore can constitute importantrecords as to how ideas grows and what kind of arguments were behind the various positions and howheavily they weighed for those who took a specific position. In many ways, such discussions thusreveal what motivates someone and what kind of response you can expect from them in future.So, should politicians be paid to shake hands and travel around, without revealing much of theirideas? Or, should we stop paying them and tell them to put their views on the Internet, for free? I ambelieve that people who truly believe in their ideas will be happy to share and promote them, for free.Not paying politicians would lead to a greater focus on ideas and views, to better argumentation andbetter understanding of the issues. I am Sam Carana, I gave you my view for free.
 A lot of criticism has bundled against our honourable Members of Parliament (MPs) following theCabinet's nod to the three-fold salary-hike.Buzz up!
 
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hile our politicians are fighting for expansion in the quantum of the hike seeking a five-fold hike,angry responses against the MPs and the salary hike are pouring in from various spheres.
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hile several experts have contended that MPs demanding pay hike at a time of soaring inflationand spiraling prices is politically incorrect, the commoners have launched a brutal verbal assaultagainst the netas."MPs not happy with salary hike. Citizens not satisfied with MPs' performance," tweetedSujata Dev,Co-Chairperson entertainment committee ASSOCHAM.Currently, the MPs get a basic salary of Rs 16,000 per month, constituency allowance of Rs 20,000per month, a daily allowance of Rs 1000 each day when Parliament is in session besides officeexpenses allowance.This public angst comes in contrast to the sympathy the whole country pours out when wage-earners seek a pay hike. It also comes as hypocrisy from the very people who contemplate on joboffers with salary in their top three priorities. Admittedly, the layman is bitter over the lack of performance and the corruption that scars thecountry and its progress.However, it is crucial for the MPs just as any other salaried professional to enjoy some monetarybenefits. This is an exceeding difficult thought for us to accept, despite our protests defying logic,due to a very simple reason - our ideal notion of a politician.
 
 This ideal portrait of a politician go across borders and is held on to even in different politicalsystems. In fact, this idealistic notion of a leader and how it affects our everyday lives is so impactfulthat there are several research papers in Psychology (see an abstract) that explores into personalitytraits of politician, ideological inclinations, and the expectations of the voters.In anonline forumdebate on the same topic, one netizen wrote, "A politician should accept to notreceive any salary (only have expenses paid) and live in a kind of reality show 24h/24 where anymeeting or contact with others would be public, no secret meetings, no private life for the length of their "job" at the service of the public. If someone is uncomfortable with that, he doesn't have toapply for the job.."This argument, no wonder, invited some counter-attacks. At this point, we need to separate ourselves from that emotional side that sees a politician with a jhola and chappals and look at them also like the rest of us green-eyed imps.Taking stock of the salaries paid to the white collared professionals, majority of professionals getpaid anywhere between Rs 2 lakhs per annum to Rs 7 lakhs per annum based on their experience,the employer and educational qualifications. There are promises of periodic appraisals, bonuses,benefits and incentives. Besides this, while job-hopping, a candidate expects a 30 per cent pay hikeas well. According to official protocol, MPs are ranked at 21st spot two ranks higher than the 23rd rank of thesecretaries. Now, when the secretaries can expect a steady pay hike, why can't we? argue the MPs.The fact is that they have a right to seek more money and the good news is that there is a way to dothis effectively with the simple tool of performance-based pay.For instance, the pay hike could be even on actual progress of work. To tackle the evil of repeatedadjournments, the MPs could be paid hikes based on their attendance.
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hile the demand is legitimate, the implementation can be effective. More over, with a salary-hikethe MPs may finally put an end to the shameful bribe culture.
 
Salary & Govt. Concessions for a Member of Parliament (MP)Monthly Salary : 12,000Expense for Constitution per month : 10,000Office expenditure per month : 14,000Traveling concession (Rs. 8 per km) : 48,000 ( eg.For a visit from kerala to Delhi & return:6000 km)Daily DA TA during parliament meets : 500Charge for 1 class (A/C) in train : Free (For any number of times) (All over India)Charge for Business Class in flights : Free for 40 trips / year (With wife or P.A.)Rent for MP hostel at Delhi : FreeElectricity costs at home : Free up to 50,000 units

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