To stave off corruption, CM mulls raise for legislators

Panaji, Nov 17 (TOI): Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said he was considering hiking the salaries of the state's MLAs, a matter that is likely to come up during the winter assembly session. He reasoned that substantial salaries would give legislators no reason to indulge in corruption.

Parrikar also said MLAs' salaries were last increased six years ago, and that the spike in inflation levels in the state now demanded another pay increase.

Salaries and benefits of MLAs and ministers last saw an increase in August 2012.

"I am going to hike the salaries of MLAs in the coming months. I am the only person who has said bluntly that if MLAs don't get proper funds, they will have reason to commit corruption. I am not saying that after giving the hikes everyone will be clean. But at least the reason for corruption will not exist," Parrikar said.

The chief minister also said there are many financial obligations constituents require their MLAs to fulfil, and these obligations require funds.

"How many know the pressure on MLAs? I don't think you know. People expect donations. Even what I get as MLA, flows out in these donations and miscellaneous expenses. A politician today is required to be a 24-hour politician. He can hardly carry out his own business. That is why he has to be paid reasonably well," the chief minister said.

Parrikar said government servants' salaries have gone up in recent times due to the 7th Pay Commission recommendations being implemented, and said MLAs' salaries needed to at least be on a par.

"The salary of any person getting government support needs to keep up with inflation. The cost of living index in Goa is rising. If any section of society does not get protection, that section remains insecure," he said.

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 17 2017

    This guy has left his brain and common sense in Delhi or maybe polluted. I f he knows his legislators are corrupt, why is he rewarding them with pay rise?

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  • Richard, India

    Fri, Nov 17 2017

    Brilliant idea OMG ! How do these people get elected ?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Nov 17 2017

    He forgot his brains in Delhi ...

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  • shan, dubai

    Fri, Nov 17 2017

    He knows that all the legislators indulge in corruption. Instead of punishing the people indulge in corruption CM wants to raise for legislators. This idea of raising will be only on tax payers money but corruption will not come down.
    Just telling the public hum nahin carenge our nahin karne denge is dongi promise.

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  • Flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Fri, Nov 17 2017

    dont worry sir ..fix one rafeal deal and done for life and generations

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