In a recent cabinet meeting, Uttarakhand's Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and his cabinet ministers announced a major decision to increase the MLA fund from 3.75 crore rupees to 5 crore rupees. This decision will allow MLAs to undertake more development work in their assembly. The increase in the MLA fund was one of the main demands of the legislators for a long time.
In addition to the increase in the MLA fund, the cabinet meeting also decided to increase the amount given for the beautification of the temples in the state. Instead of 25 lakh rupees, MLAs will now receive 50 lakh rupees annually for the same purpose. Furthermore, the amount given to Mahila Mangal Dal was also increased from 25 lakh rupees to 40 lakh rupees.
The cabinet meeting was held prior to the budget session of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, which began on Monday and will last for six days. The session was inaugurated by the Governor of Uttarakhand, Gurmeet Singh, who gave a speech. The Governor was given a guard of honor upon his arrival at the assembly building.
However, the opposition party Congress used the opportunity to protest against the ruling party during the session. Congress MLAs shouted slogans against the government on several issues, such as exam rigging, rising prices, and the Ankita murder case. They also protested in front of the main gate of the assembly building.
The Uttarakhand cabinet's decision to increase the MLA fund will provide a boost to the development work in the state, and the budget session will provide an opportunity for the opposition party to raise their concerns and hold the ruling party accountable.