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  • Cabinet approves bill to hike MPs’ salary, recommendations on Civil Nuclear Liability Bill

    Published on August 20, 2010

    The Cabinet has given its approval for the hike in the salary of the members of Parliament and the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Civil Nuclear Liability Bill as well as the concerns of the Opposition

    The meeting chaired by the Prime Minister held on Friday morning has given its nod for the amendment in the law relating to the MPs salaries by increasing the monthly salary from 16 thousand to 50 thousand rupees.

    The pension of the MPs from eight thousand to twenty thousand rupees, daily allowance from one thousand to two thousand rupees, office allowance from 20 thousand to 40 thousand rupees.

    The Constituency allowance is also proposed to be increased from 20 thousand to 40 thousand, conveyance advance from one lakh to four lakhs and the mileage from 13 rupees to 16 rupees per km.

    The Joint committee on Parliament had however recommended the salary of the MPs to be increased to 80 thousand and one rupee, a rupee more than the salary of the Union Cabinet Secretary.

    The Cabinet has also approved the recommendations of a Parliamentary panel on civil nuclear liability bill which provide for the three fold increase in the operators liability.

    The panel has recommended to raise the Liability to 1500 crore rupees in case of a nuclear accident.

    According to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology the cases have to be settled within three months and in case the victim is not satisfied with the compensation given by the Nuclear damage commission, it has the right to approach the High Court or the Supreme Court.

    The recommendations make it clear that the suppliers liability will be with the operator.

    AIR correspondent reports the passage of the Bill in Parliament will pave the way for having nuclear commerce with India.

    Meanwhile, Japanese Foreign Minister is arriving in New Delhi on Friday evening to hold discussions with his Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna to take forward the dialogue on Civil Nuclear Cooperation. The two countries held preliminary discussions on the issue last month.