Legislators demand salary, pension hike in Assembly


Bhubaneswar: Forgetting their party differences, legislators of the state Assembly today unitedly demanded a hike in salary and pension as well as medical insurance. After creating an uproar in the House the MLAs met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and calmed down only after getting assurance from him.

During the zero hour the legislators had united to demand a higher pay, former MLA’s pension hike and increase in health insurance of former MLAs. They had gathered in the well area of the House to demand a ruling on the issue after which the speaker adjourned the Assembly till 20 minutes.

Tara Bahinipati raised the issue of a former legislator not being discharged from a private hospital recently because he could not pay the bills. Later other MLAs joined in and supported this demand. After the adjournment all legislators went to meet the CM who assured them that the matter will be looked into. Only then the uproar subsided.

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