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CPI-ML opposes Bihar lawmakers’ wage hike, calls it as ‘cruel joke’ with poor masses

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PATNA: The Communist Party of India- Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML) has strongly condemned the increase in wages of Bihar lawmakers and sought for immediate cancellation of salary hike.

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The party said quite many parts of the state are now reeling under drought-like situation and a demand is being made to declare the entire Bihar as “drought-hit”.

Likewise, a huge contingent of unemployment youths are batting for jobs while the government has no funds to pay salary to school and college teachers on time.

“But, very ironically the state government has approved 30 percent hike in salary of legislators which is nothing but a cruel joke with the poor masses of Bihar,” state secretary Kunal and CPI-ML Legislature Party leader Mehboob Alam alleged on Wednesday.

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They said it was not fair to increase pay and perks of lawmakers at the cost of common men.

On Tuesday, the Nitish Kumar government in a sudden move announced a significant hike in salary and perks of lawmakers.

A meeting of the state cabinet held under the chairmanship of Kumar approved 30 percent hike in basic salary of lawmakers. With this hike, their basic salary has increased to Rs40,000 from earlier Rs30,000, media reports said today.

The move will benefit a total of 318 lawmakers—243 members in Bihar Legislative Assembly and 75 in the Bihar Legislative Council.

The state cabinet also increased the annual travel allowances and stationary expenses of legislators while at the same time approving the salary hike of their personal assistants as well from existing Rs20,000 to Rs30,000, reports said.

The state cabinet also increased the constituency allowance of lawmakers and made them entitled for taking advance of Rs15 lakh (Rs1.5 million) for purchasing luxury vehicles.

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