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.