Another confrontation may arise between Delhi government and Centre as the home ministry has denied and sought clarification on a bill which seeks 400% hike in basic salaries of Delhi MLAs besides allowances.
The move turned out to be another setback for the ruling party AAP after Delhi High Court has ruled that lieutenant governor (LG) is the administrative head of Delhi.
Home ministry sources said that the Member of Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi (salaries, allowances, pension etc) Amendment Bill, 2015 — has been sent back to Delhi government through LG's office.
"We have raised few 'curable' and 'non-curable' queries after our discussion with other central departments. Clarification was sought regarding the calculation which was performed to arrive at the figures mentioned in the bill," a senior government official said regarding the bill.
According to the bill, the basic salaries of legislators shall be increased from current Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000. This will make them the highest paid lawmakers in the country. The home ministry, however, said the deliberations on 10 other bills of Delhi government are in process.
By May this year, the Centre has returned 14 bills passed by Delhi assembly for not following 'proper procedure'.
Explaining this, North Block official said, "The executive power vested and exercised by the LG is substantially different from the governor. No other authority, functionary or person can claim to be empowered under any law to exercise these executive functions of the LG."