Bhubaneswar: Legislators of the state are demanding to increase the MLA LAD funds (Local Area Development funds) upto Rs 5 crores. The demand has come from BJD, BJP and Congress MLAs alike. MLAs are also demanding a salary hike.
Minister of planning and convergence department, Usha Devi said since 2010-11 the state government has been providing Rs 1 crore per constituency to MLA LAD funds. In 2017-18 budget, the MLA LAD funds have been allocated Rs 147 crores. She also added that the state government will consider the demand of increasing the allocation.
Meanwhile, the MLAs have demanded hike in salary. While legislators in Delhi get Rs 2.5 lakh per month, in Telangana their monthly pay is Rs 3 lakhs whereas in Odisha it is still Rs 15,000. They have also demanded a dearness allowance.