Himachal MLAs to get full salaries from April, MLALAD to be restored

The state government had last year decided to cut 30 per cent salaries of its MLAs and suspend the MLALAD fund for two years to fight the COVID-19 pandemic

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur made the announcement while presenting the 2021-2022 budget

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced on Saturday (March 6) that the salaries of state MLAs will be paid in full from April 1 and the MLA local area development (MLALAD) fund will be fully restored.

The state government had last year decided to cut 30 per cent salaries of its MLAs and suspend the MLALAD fund for two years to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenting the budget for the fiscal 2021-22, Thakur announced in the assembly that the MLAs will get their full salary from April 1.

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Thakur, who also holds the finance portfolio, said the MLALAD fund will not only be restored but it will be hiked by ₹5 lakh from the earlier ₹1.75 crore to ₹1.80 crore.

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Presenting his fourth budget, Thakur said the Planning Department of the state would be renamed as Niti Vibhag.

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