Govt increases lawmakers? travel allowance, housing loan

Lawmakers of the state have one more reason to rejoice as the government has enhanced their travelling allowance (TA) and car and housing loan limit.

After increasing their salaries and the money they can spend under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in the past 18 months, the department of law, justice and parliamentary affairs has now enhanced their TA and loan money by amending the relevant rules.

Now, every legislator and any member of his/her family will be entitled to a travel allowance of Rs 1.5 lakh in a financial year. Before the amendment, the limit was Rs 1 lakh.

Similarly, the motor car loan limit for legislators has been enhanced to Rs 10 lakh from the existing Rs 5 lakh.

On the same analogy, the housing loan limit has been enhanced to Rs 10 lakh from the existing Rs 5 lakh.

In case a legislator does not avail the car loan, he will be entitled to a housing loan of Rs 20 lakh if he furnishes a certificate from a competent authority.

The government has enhanced the TA and loan facilities for the lawmakers at a time when it is struggling to regularise nearly one lakh daily-wagers due to dearth of financial resources.

Last year, the incumbent regime also doubled the salaries of sitting legislators from Rs 80,000 to Rs 1, 60,000. It also doubled pension of former lawmakers.

In May this year, the CDF of lawmakers was raised to Rs 3 crore from the existing Rs 1.5 crore, putting an additional burden of Rs 187 crore on the state exchequer annually.

In the last Budget session, the legislators were also gifted iPads. The previous government had allotted them laptops.