Commission recommends hiking allowances for Kerala ministers, MLAs

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Thiruvananthapuram: The recommendation to increase the allowances for ministers and members of the legislative Assembly was submitted to the government by the Justice S Ramachandran Nair commission.

It has recommended increasing various allowances by 30-35 per cent in the wake of inflation.

The commission was appointed in July 2022. The report was submitted two weeks ago. It has not recommended increasing the salary. However, allowances, such as TA, can be raised, it said. The travel allowance is proposed to be hiked from Rs 15 to Rs 20.

However, considering the financial crisis the state is facing, it is not sure if the cabinet will approve the proposal immediately.

The last hike was in 2018. Back then, when the commission proposed increasing salary, the MLAs objected to it and said allowances can be hiked from time to time instead.

As of now, ministers get up to Rs 97,429 and MLAs up to Rs 70,000.

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