Bill in JS to double salary of MPs, Speaker, Deputy Speaker

Bill in JS to double salary of MPs, Speaker, Deputy Speaker

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A bill was placed in the parliament on Sunday with the proposal to increase salary and other related benefits to the speaker and the deputy speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad to almost double, reports agencies.
Law, justice and parliamentary affairs minister Anisul Haque placed the Speaker And Deputy Speaker (remuneration and privileges) (amendment) Bill, 2016 with the proposal for raising the salary and other benefits in line with the eight pay scales for the government employees.According to the draft, the salary of speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) will be Tk 1,12,000 instead of Tk 57,200 while deputy speaker’s salary will be raised to Tk 1,05,000 from Tk 53,100 and salary of members of parliament (MP) will be Tk 55,000 from Tk 27,000.
Besides, expenditure and house allowances in case of private houses, insurance coverage, travel and daily allowances and discretionary fund and other allowances of those concerned have also been proposed to increase.
The salary and other benefits including, bonus and allowances were fixed earlier as per the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker (remuneration and privileges) Act, 1974.
On 7 September 2015, the cabinet approved the draft of the bill saying that the salaries would be effective from 1 July 2015 and the allowances from 1 July 2016.
The House, with speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair, sent the bill to the concerned parliamentary standing committee for scrutiny and asked to report back by seven days, the report says. – News Desk

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