Tamil Nadu legislators to get 100 per cent salary hike

Tamil Nadu legislators to get 100 per cent salary hike

Tamil Nadu legislators to get 100 per cent salary hike

On Wednesday, Panneerselvam, who also holds the Finance portfolio tabled a bill in the State Assembly to nearly double the salary of the legislators.

As per the bill, the salary and allowances of legislators have been raised from Rs 55,000 to Rs 1,05,000 per month, an increase of 90.91 per cent. That's a hike of almost 91%.

However, the proposed pay hike was opposed by TTV Dinakaran, the rebel AIADMK leader and the DMK, the main opposition party. Stalin said "Salary hike for the MLAs is needless when the government has no money to pay transport workers. At the time of the crisis if this government passes the bill, people will laugh at us". (TNSTC) employees intensified across the state on its seventh day on Wednesday with the family members of employees joining the demonstrations.

Transport corporation unions today said their agitation would continue till their demands on wage revision were met by the Tamil Nadu government.

The 17 trade unions on strike include those affiliated to the opposition DMK and the Left. An announcement to this effect was made in July previous year but the government introduced the bill to withdraw Rs 25.32 crore annually from the consolidated fund of the state towards salaries and allowances for the legislators.

The chief minister also rejected the Opposition charge that he had not held talks with the trade unions.

The Madras High Court, on its part, urged unions to resume work immediately.

"Tamil Nadu MLAs' pay is much lower than that of MLAs in many other states". With no middle path achieved, the workers have stepped up their protest. It told the state to not terminate the services of any worker without its permission.

The court also directed the state government to clear the pending dues of the workers.

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