The Haryana Legislative Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a bill rationalising the pension and allowances of ex-members of the state Assembly.

The Haryana Legislative Assembly (Salary, allowances and pension of members) Amendment Bill 2018, passed unanimously by the House on the concluding day of the Budget Session of Haryana Assembly.

As per the amendment, a member who completes first term after 1 January, 2016 and becomes pensioner in future would be entitled to draw Rs 50,000 per month as a pension of his first term and Rs 2,000 for each year or part thereof subsequent to a first term. The member would be entitled to dearness relief at the rates prescribed by the government from time to time for the state government post 2016 pensioners.

At present ex-members of the Legislative Assembly of the state are being given a pension of Rs 10,000 per month with effect from 1 October, 2013 plus Rs 1,500 for each additional year subsequent to first terms and 50 per cent as dearness pension.

In spite of revision of pension four times after 1 January, 1996, they are drawing dearness relief at the rate of 245 per cent on the above emoluments that is equal to the rate of dearness relief which would have been admissible to state government pensioners had their pension not been revised after 1 January, 1996.

The ex-members would be entitled to draw either dearness relief (fixed) or dearness relief at the rates prescribed by from time to time for their post 2016 pensioners, whichever is higher.

While speaking in the House, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, they have put a check on anomaly which was persisting earlier.

On the request of ex-MLAs to allow them the facility of special travelling allowance for himself and family members, he announced that ex-members would be allowed the facility of special travelling allowance up to Rs 10,000 per month provided that their monthly pension plus dearness relief should not exceed Rs One Lakh.