Bills tabled to double pays for president, PM, ministers

Staff Correspondent

Bills for doubling the salaries and allowances of the president, prime minister, ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers and their discretionary grants were tabled in parliament on Monday.
Agriculture minister Matiya Chowdhury, also in-charge of cabinet division in the parliamentary affairs, tabled the three bills — The President’s (Remuneration and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2016, The Prime Minister’s (Remuneration and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and The Ministers, Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers (Remuneration and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The bills proposed to raise the basic pay for the president to Tk 1,12,000 from the existing Tk 61,200, for the prime minister to Tk 1,15,000 from the from Tk 58,600, for ministers to Tk 1,05,000 from Tk 53100, for state ministers to Tk 92,000 from Tk 47,800 and for deputy ministers to Tk 86,500 from Tk 45,150.
The bill proposed that the discretionary funds to be raised to Tk 27 lakh from 15 lakh for the president, Tk 1.5 crore from Tk 1 crore for the prime minister, Tk 10 lakh from Tk four lakh for minister, Tk 7.5 lakh from Tk 3 lakh for state minister and Tk 5 lakh from Tk 3 lakh for deputy minister.
Earlier on Sunday, two bills seeking to double the salary and other benefits of the speaker, the deputy speaker and members of parliament were tabled.
In 2009, the salaries of the president, prime minister, ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers were raised.
All the bills were sent to respective parliamentary standing committee for further scrutiny. The committee was asked to submit reports in seven working days.
According the bill, the prime minister would be entitled to residence allowance of Tk 1 lakh instead of Tk 50,000 in case of residing at any house other than the official residence.
The prime minister while on tour shall be entitled to a daily allowance at the rate of Tk 3,000 instead of existing Tk 1,000 for each day of halt or part of a day of absence from the headquarters. For journeys by air, the prime minister shall be provided with insurance coverage of Tk 25 lakh instead of Tk 14 lakh.
For monthly sumptuary allowance, the bills proposed Tk 10,000 instead of Tk 6,000 for minister, Tk 7,500 instead of Tk 4,000 for state minister and Tk 5,000 instead of Tk 3,000 for deputy minister.
According to the bills, for residing at any house other than the official residence, ministers will get Tk 80,000 instead of existing Tk 45,000 as monthly house rent, while it will be Tk 70,000 instead of Tk 40,000 for state ministers and deputy ministers
The bills also proposed that the minister, state ministers and deputy ministers would get an amount equivalent to house rents for three months every year for maintenance of such houses and all costs for supply of electricity, gas, water and telephone at such residence.
For journeys by air a minister, state minister or deputy minister shall be provided with insurance coverage for Tk 8 lakh from existing Tk 5 lakh.
A minister or state minister while on tour shall be entitled to a daily allowance of Tk 2,000 instead of existing Tk 750 and such allowance shall be admissible at full rate for the first ten days of each continuous halt, at three-fourths of the full rate for the next twenty days and at half of the full rate thereafter.

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