ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians on Thursday proposed an exponential increase in salaries and perks 'commensurate with their status', bringing their wages to par with those of BS-22 officers, with a monthly allowance of at least Rs470,000.
The set of recommendations presented in the National Assembly (NA) by Acting Chairman of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Chaudhry Mehmood Bashir Virk was unanimously adopted as a motion by parliamentarians.
The raise demanded by Senators and MNAs marks a massive increase, as the current monthly remuneration, including benefits stands at around Rs80,000.
The standing committee recommended a new basic salary of Rs200,000 for all MNAs and senators ─ up from the current amount of Rs36,000.
The proposed salaries for the NA Speaker and Senate Chairman are Rs400,000 each while those of the Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman are Rs350,000.
However, lawmakers are only eligible to withdraw daily and conveyance allowance when they arrive at or depart from a place of duty. Housing allowance is applicable for each day during any period of residence on duty, according to the Members of Parliament (Salaries and Allowances) Act 1974.
An additional Rs50,000 per month has been proposed as transport allowance, and the recommended per kilometre rate for road travel is now Rs20/km from Rs10/km.
In the recommendations, the number of business class return air tickets has also been increased from 20 to 30 per annum. These tickets can be converted in favour of family members.
Travel vouchers provided to parliamentarians can also be encashed for up to Rs300,000.