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Legislators make hey as commoner works hard for a living
12/6/2017 11:18:44 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Dec 6: As common man in Jammu and Kashmir strives from dawn to dusk to make both ends meet for the sustainable living, the legislators are enjoying heydays out of common man's pocket and now, as per the reports, the legislators will be given a hike in their travelling allowance from Rs one lakh to 1.50 lakh. It means each legislator in Jammu and Kashmir's both Upper House as well as of the Lower House will get additional Rs 50 Thousand extra as a travel bill.
But this is not all, as per the reports, Motor Car Advance limit has been raised from existing Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.
Pertinently, the salaries of the MLAs and MLCs were hiked by 100% in July last year from Rs 80000 (eighty thousand) to Rs 160000 ( Rs one lakh sixty thousand).
In 2015, the government then cleared purchase of 141 luxurious cars/vehicles at whopping Rs 29 crore-six Sedan cars for Chief Minister's motorcade, 25 bulletproof SUVs and 10 Gypsies for Ministers and 100 SUVs for legislators.
The total cost of 35 SUVs and 10 Gypsies was approved at Rs 10.39 crore vide Order No Home-166. The sanction to the order was accorded in May 2015.
The Government at that time too didn't annoy the legislators as well, clearing the purchase of 100 SUVs (Mahindra Scorpios) for them, with financial implication of more than Rs 11.26 crore.
Now, with the latest order, the state exchequer has to borne the expenditure of all the travels undertaken by the legislators of Jammu and Kashmir and further doubling the Motor Vehicle Advance for them from Rs 5 Lakh to 10 lakh is again being viewed with much disgruntlement by the common masses. "As the state exchequer suffers, it is unnatural that the legislators are given such luxuries that too out of peoples' pocket. First they doubled their salaries and then asked for a housing loan and then wanted the mobile bills be paid by the government and then we have to bear their travel expenditure as well and then comes the Motor Vehicle Advance. Are they the peoples' representatives or the modern day maharajas of the state," asked one netizen on the social media here.
It is pertinent to mention here that as the MLAs keep asking for more, it is ironic why the government has been turning blind eye towards the plight of the destitute and downtrodden in the state. At present, after witnessing rigorous hardships, a destitute or a widow from the state of Jammu and Kashmir gets a pension of Rs 200 per month and the government hasn't even thought once about these ill-fated people before according luxuries to the legislators.
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