Friday, 25 December 2015


As a young boy way, back in 1957 while studying in 7th class, we were told that in Indian democracy there are no Nawabs. The rulers/Members of Parliament were just selfless servants of the people who would be in politics for the sake of serving the nation and its citizenry for a salary of Rs 400 only, the same as the starting salary of a class I bureaucrat of that time. To day after about sixty years, we are back to the old Nawab structure, where MP's have proposed for themselves a basic salary of Rs 100000 with allowances to the tune of Rs 1.8 lakh per month. Add to this other perks that catapult their take home to something like Rs 20 lakhs on an average and in some cases as high as Rs50 lakhs. Incidentally starting basic salary of class I bureaucrats as per the 7th pay commission is Rs 56100. Once the proposals, prepared by the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry, are implemented, wages of MPs will be higher than the government secretary’s salary. - See more at:
In sixty years MP's have managed to hike their own salaries from the level of a sub divisional magistrate to that of a secretary in the central government and now that the concept of a career politician has crept in the Indian polity and since they can themselves make/amend their salaries/allowances/perks in a rather unashamed manner, there is all likely possibility that India is going to have couple of thousands of Nawabs in the next decade or so living on tax payers money without even any basic ethics/code of conduct that is binding on all the bureaucracy of this country.