Broadly speaking, the amenities provided to the members relate to salaries and allowances, travelling facilities, medical facilities, accommodation, telephones, etc. These are governed by the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 and the rules made thereunder.
India paid Rs.176 crore to its 543 Lok Sabha members in salaries and expenses over the last year, or just over Rs. 2.7 lakh a month per Member of Parliament(MP), new official data show.
MPs are entitled to Rs.50,000 per month as salary, Rs.45,000 as constituency allowance, Rs.15,000 as office expenses and Rs.30,000 for secretarial assistance. When Parliament is in session, they get a daily allowance of Rs.2,000. MPs are also reimbursed for 34 flight trips and unlimited rail and road travel for the year on official business.
Indian MP Salary
At present, in addition to MP salary, following are some of the major allowances and benefits that an MP is entitled to:-
- Daily allowance: Rs 2,000 per day for each day of residence on duty; paid only when the member signs the register maintained for the purpose.
- Constituency allowance: Rs 45,000 per month.
- Office expense allowance: Rs 45,000 per month. Out of this, Rs 15,000 is paid for meeting expenses on stationery items and postage while Rs 30,000 is paid to the person(s) as may be engaged by the MP for obtaining secretarial assistance provided.
- Constituency Allowance
- A member is entitled to receive the constituency allowance at the rate of rupees ten thousand per mensem.
Rail Travel Facilities:- Every member is provided with—One free non-transferable railway pass to travel in first class air-conditioned or executive class in any train, and if travelled by air, an amount equal to the airfare, from the usual place of residence of a member to Delhi and back once during every session and twice in Budget Session but not exceeding 8 single journeys in a year.
Every member representing the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep Islands is provided with one free non-transferable pass to travel in the highest class of Steamer (excluding diet charges) to and from any part of his constituency and any other part of his constituency or the nearest port in the mainland of India.
- Accommodation: An MP gets a rent-free flat or hostel accommodation throughout the term of office.
- Telephone facility: An MP gets three telephones, of which at least one should be installed in Delhi and one at the usual place of residence or a place selected by the member in the constituency or the State in which the member resides; the third one can be installed at either of the aforesaid places. Each telephone comes with 50,000 free annual local calls, which can be clubbed together to make 150,000 local calls in a year.
- Water and electricity: An MP is also entitled to 4,000 kilolitre of water and 50,000 units of electricity (25,000 units measured on light meter and 25,000 units measured on a power meter or pooled together) per annum beginning from 1 January of every year free of cost at the residence in Delhi.
- Medical facility: An MP gets the same medical facilities as are available to the Class-I officers of Central Civil Services, under Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS).
- Furniture and furnishing: Furniture within the monetary ceiling of Rs 60,000 for durable furniture and Rs 15,000 for non-durable furniture; washing of sofa covers and curtains every three months.
- Conveyance advance: An MP is eligible for an advance of up to Rs 400,000, which is repayable from salary in not more than 60 instalments.
- Taxability: For the purpose of income tax, the salary and allowances received by the member are taxed under the head “income from other sources” and consequently, no income-tax is deducted at source; the daily allowance and constituency allowance are exempt from income tax.
- Purchase of computers: Under a scheme for purchase of computers, an MP from Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) can purchase computer equipment (desktop, laptop, printer, scanner, etc) up to Rs 200,000.
- Subsidised meals: Meals inside Parliament are heavily subsidised.
- Pension: An MP gets the minimum pension of Rs 20,000 per month. If the MP has served for more than five years, he/ she gets an additional pension of Rs 1,500 per month for every additional year. The spouse or dependent of a deceased MP is entitled to the remaining period of life to receive the family pension equal to one-half of the pension otherwise admissible to the deceased MP.