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Bonanza For ULB Reps

Bhubaneswar: A day after increasing the remuneration of PRI members, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced a hike in the remuneration of elected representatives of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).

Shri Patnaik announced an increase in the remuneration and allowances of the mayor, deputy mayor, chairman, vice chairman, corporator and councilor of five municipal corporations, 48 municipalities and 68 notified area councils (NACs) of the State.

This increase has been made following the recommendations of the Fifth State Finance Commission and amendments in Odisha Municipal Corporation Rules-2004 and Odisha Municipal Rules-1953.

The monthly remuneration of mayors of municipal corporations has been enhanced to Rs 50,000 from Rs 8,000 while the monthly remuneration of deputy mayors has been increased from 5,000 to Rs 20,000.

Municipality chairperson’s salary has been increased by 10 times from Rs 1,500 to Rs 15,000, while the vice-chairperson salary has been increased from Rs 1,200 to Rs 10,000.

The Chief Minister has announced an increase in the monthly salary of the NAC chairperson from Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000 and the vice-chairperson of NACs will get Rs 7,500 per month instead of Rs 800.

While the corporators of municipal corporations were getting Rs 700 per meeting, this has now been increased to Rs 2,000. The allowance of councilors of various municipalities and NACs has been increased from Rs 150 to Rs 500.

Besides, the members of the Standing Committee of the municipal corporations will get a daily allowance of 200 for each meeting.

The Chief Minister has also announced ex-gratia assistance to the elected representatives of the urban local bodies (ULBs). In case of death or permanent disability, the representatives will get Rs 2 lakh, while in case of partial disability they will get Rs 1 lakh from the government.

For this enhancement, the state government will bear an annual expenditure of Rs 4.76 crore.

It is worth noting that now 1696 elected councilors and 244 elected corporators are serving in various NACs, municipalities and corporations of the state.