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Sindh MPAs’ salaries raised by more than 100%

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Thursday approved the increase in the salaries of the chief minister, speaker, deputy speaker, ministers, and MPAs by more than 100 percent.

A meeting of the Selection Committee constituted by the House in its sitting held on 13 April 2017 reviewed the assembly members’ salaries and allowances. The committee today submitted its recommendations seeking raise in the salaries. The assembly passed Sindh Law (Amendment) Bill in this regard, which was approved with consensus. This law will now be called as Sindh Law (Amendment) Act and shall come into force at once and shall be deemed to have taken effect on and from 1st January 2017.

Senior Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Nisar Ahmed Khuhro was the Chairman of the committee. The assembly approved the new pay package for the house members to equalize it with MPAs of country’s other assemblies.

Each MPA in Sindh will now draw a monthly wages with the package of Rs50,000 salary, Rs10,000 sumptuary allowance, Rs10,000 telephone allowance, Rs15,000 office maintenance allowance, Rs45,000 house rent, Rs15,000 utility allowance, Rs1000 conveyance allowance, Rs5,000 accommodation allowance and Rs 200,000 traveling voucher per annum. For attending assembly sessions and meetings, each MPA will get a daily Rs1000 and Rs20 per km (arrival and departure) transport allowance.

The chief minister’s wages package will be Rs150,000 salary, sumptuary allowance Rs20,000, telephone allowance borne by government, Rs70,000 house rent allowance, Rs2000 daily allowance, Rs50,000 equipment allowance once, Rs1000,000 discretionary grants per annum and other allowances.

Senior Minister Nisar Khuhro said that the raise in lawmakers` salaries was designed to bring the legislators’ emoluments and benefits close to other provinces. He further said it should be a reasonable increase. If lawmakers are getting an increase in salaries, they should come on time.

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