The Haryana government decided to double the House Rent Allowance for all its ministers on Monday, in the first cabinet meeting of the newly formed BJP-JJP regime.
The Haryana Cabinet, which met in Chandigarh, decided to revise the ministers’ HRA from Rs 50,000 to Rs 80,000, with an additional Rs 20,000 to cover electricity and water charges by amending the Haryana Ministers Allowances Rules, 1972.
The official statement, reported by PTI, said that the ministers will get a total HRA of Rs 1 lakh per month. The new rules will be called the Haryana Ministers Allowances (Amendment) Rules, 2019.
“All allowances admissible to ministers have been revised by the government from or after April 1, 2016, except House Rent Allowance which was last revised on June 2, 2011,” the statement read.
The Cabinet also took the decision to bring an amendment under the appropriate section of the Haryana Panchayati Raj Act, allowing decentralisation of powers to the Gram Sabha to ban the sale of liquor within the local area of the Gram Panchayat.
The Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), had independently contested the October 21 Haryana assembly polls and forged a post-poll alliance with the BJP later, after the party fell short of a simple majority. The JJP had promised that no liquor sales would be allowed in villages.