Pay and perks of most privileged class in Maharashtra have been stuck since the past five months. The newly elected MLAs have not been paid salaries owing to various reasons the main being a glitch Electronic Clearing Service (ECS). The State Government, in order to deposit pay and perks of MLAs, adopted the ECS. The earlier system had proved flawed and many of the Legislators were deprived of their pay and perks in the given time. To get rid of the flawed system and streamline the salaries, the State Government started the Electronic Clearing Service on the lines of Zilla Parishads in State. However, the very system is turning out be a headache.
ECS is an electronic mode of funds transfer from one bank account to another. It can be used by institutions for making payments such as salary, pension, among others. It can also be used to pay bills and other charges such as telephone, electricity, water or for making equated monthly installments payments on loans as well as SIP investments. ECS can be used for both credit and debit purposes.
In October last, the newly elected MLAs of the State took oath of Legislators. The pay and perks of the MLAs should have been started from that day. However, five months have elapsed since then but the salaries of the newly elected MLAs have been stuck somewhere between the system. The MLAs might be “mighty” in all sense but still need the money, specifically the needy. The situation will persist till the system itself is cleaned and successfully activated.
Staggering Rs 75,000 monthly salary:
The MLAs would not have cared much had the salary not been Rs 75,000. It is not a small figure to be neglected with disdain even if some MLAs are Ministers. Each MLA has share of expenditure such as his or her Private Assistant’s salary, office maintenance, travel etc. At present each MLA is drawing Rs 75,000 as salary. The retired MLAs receive pension of Rs 30,000.
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