PSC members receive double the salary of ministers, says RTI reply

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Kochi: Kerala government dispenses Rs 44.63 lakh for salary of 19 members of Public Service Commission monthly. It would be double the salary of ministers in the state. The salary of PSC chairman is Rs 2.26 lakh while Rs 2.23 lakh is the monthly salary of its members. The government has to incur an additional expense for pensions and allowances. The monthly salary of a minister is below Rs 1 lakh.

As per the data of October 2019, Rs 19,40,883 was required to distribute the salaries of 21 ministers.

This information was revealed in reply to RTI filed by Proper channel president MK Haridasan. 50 per cent of of the basic pay has been given as pension of PSC members. The basic pay accounts to Rs 70,290.

PSC replied that details regarding medical reimbursement allowance received by the PSC members cannot be revealed under RTI Act. The commission also informed that they have no idea over the unemployment rate in Kerala.

Other allowances received

  • Rs 10,000 for house rent

  • Medical reimbursement

  • Travelling allowance of Rs 15 per kilometre

  • Dearness allowance of Rs 250 for accommodation from 6 to 12 hours and Rs 500 to stay for 24 hours.

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