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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2862

A PIL questioning largesse shown to MLAs

By Gopal Ethiraj, Chennai

Chennai, 01 August, ( The recent salary hike for Tamil Nadu MLAs is being questioned by the noted social activist and Tamil Nadu MLAs‘ 'Traffic’ Ramaswamy. The Madras High Court today granted him permission to file a Public Interest Litigation.

Even as the advocates boycotted the courts today, against the suggestion of Law Commission on service tax for advocates, Traffic K Ramasamy, the famous PIL petitioner in the State, appeared before the first bench comprising Chief Justice H L Gokhale and Mr. Justice D. Murugesan and questioned the state government’s MLAs pay hike and constituency development fund as also the MLAs being given land near their towns to construct home through state housing board.

K. Anbazhakan, the Finance Minister, on July 21 had announced in the Assembly a hike of Rs 5000 in the MLAs pay, (earlier salary plus allowances stood at Rs 45,000). Some months back their car allowance was hiked to Rs 20,000, Ramasamy submitted.

The constituency development fund was also hiked from Rs 1.5 crore to 1.7 crore. In addition to that, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi announced that the government would allot land to MLAs for constructing house, he contended.

When the Government is facing huge fiscal deficit, these largesse to the MLAs are ultra vires of the Constitution and fiscal burden would fall on the common tax payers, he said.

The Petition is likely to come for hearing on Monday.

- Asian Tribune -

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