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Friday Mar 15 2019

Breakdown of the new perks and salaries of the lawmakers in Punjab

On Wednesday, the lawmakers in Punjab amended the Punjab Ministers (Salaries, Allowance and Privileges) Act 1974 and 1975 to give themselves a pay raise. Here is what the new increment looks like:

Basic salary: Up from Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 80,000

However, Section 3 of the Act states that a member will be ineligible to draw the salary if:

-The person doesn’t attend 3/4th of the total sittings held in a month

-Under detention or conviction in an offence

Daily allowance and conveyance: Up from Rs. 1,000 per day to Rs. 2,000 per day. Conveyance increased from Rs. 600 to Rs. 1,000 per day.

Travelling allowance: Up from Rs. 120,000 to 200,000 per annum

House rent and utilities: Up from Rs. 29,000 to Rs. 50,000 per month rent. Utilities allowance up from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 20,000 per month

Office maintenance allowance: Up from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 per month

Sumptuary allowance: Up from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 20,000 per month

Official Transport: Up from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30,000

Chief Minister

Salary: Up from Rs. 39,000 and Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 300,000 and Rs. 180,000 per month

Sumptuary allowance: Up from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 50,000 per month

Perks and privileges of a former chief minister (referred to as Section 21-A in the amendment):

  • Two SUVs not less than 2500cc with five security guards in each vehicle, excluding the driver,
  • One personal secretary, two junior clerks
  • A 1300cc car with driver
  • Rs. 10,000 telephone allowance
  • A government maintained residence of “adequate standards in Lahore subject to the condition that the former chief minister does not own one in Lahore”

However, later on Thursday, in a press conference, Shahbaz Gill, the chief minister Punjab’s spokesperson, rubbished that Section 21-A had been added to the final bill passed. Interestingly, Punjab’s law minister admitted to reporters that the section was indeed part of the final legislation.


Salary: Up from Rs. 37,000 to Rs. 200,000 per month

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