According to data from a new official, India spends more than 2.7 lakh rupees per month on each Member of Parliament. It has also been reported that India paid Rs.176 crore to its 543 Lok Sabha members in salaries and expenses over the last year. MPs are designated 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.
In addition to the above amenities, MPs also get free housing, limited free water, electricity, telephone facilities and medical treatment. This does not reflect in the expenses paid out every month by the Lok Sabha. Travel reimbursements and daily allowances, clubbed together, make the biggest chunk of public spending on MPs, or nearly half of all expenses, at Rs. 83 crore for the year as showed by the data. The differences in travel claims largely drive differences between MPs’ expenses.
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