Chandigarh: The Haryana government has decided to increase 25 percent discretionary grants of Cabinet ministers, state ministers and parliamentary secretaries. Under the proposed move, Cabinet ministers will be able to spend Rs 2.5 crore from their discretionary quota.

At present, the cabinet ministers are getting Rs 2 crore, while state ministers receive Rs 1.5 crore as their discretionary grant and chief parliamentary secretaries are getting Rs 35 lakh.

Chief Secretary Urvashi Gulati confirmed the news saying the matter is under consideration.

After the cabinet meeting on Thursday, the ministers made an official request to the Chief Minister to raise their discretionary grant to Rs 5 crore on the line of Parliamentarians. They argued that while the MPs have to look after nine Legislative Assemblies, the ministers have to take care of the whole region.

Paying heed to the demands of the ministers, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda directed the Chief Secretary to raise the discretionary grant of the cabinet ministers to Rs 2.5 crore while increasing the grant of state ministers and secretaries in the same ratio.

The ministers also demanded for the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUVs) which was approved by Hooda. Notably, the state government had recently purchased 12 SUVs and gave them to the ministers. However, a few ministers were yet to receive the SUVs. The government will be purchasing a few more SUVs for the left over ministers.

(JPN/Bureau)