"A hike has been long overdue. The salary at present is Rs.50,000, which is not a lot in present times," said a member of Parliament. Parliamentarians receive a daily allowance of Rs.2,000 during sessions, travel allowances and free accommodation.

Other benefits include 50,000 free calls from an allotted landline phone, 50,000 units of free electricity and 4,000 kilo-litres of free water.

Sources said the panel, chaired by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yogi Adityanath, also recommended an increase in pension and in allowances during Parliament sessions.

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