Jaipur: The Rajasthan High Court has cancelled the provisions of the Rajasthan Minister Salary Amendment Act 2017 regarding grant of other facilities including accommodation to former Chief Ministers of the state, as arbitrary and illegal. The order was passed by a division bench of Chief Justice S Ravindra Bhatt and Justice Prakash Gupta while hearing a PIL filed by Milap Chand Dandia and others.
Under the Amendment Act, former Chief Ministers housing, vehicles and staff facilities are provided to about 9 people. According to the court, such expenditure is not appropriate looking at the economic condition of the state. The petitions also said that under the Amendment Act, 2017, Section 7BB and Section 11 (2) provided for the former Chief Minister to provide life-long residence, car, telephone and other facilities including staff, whereas there is no provision of giving these things in the constitution.
According to the constitution, only the present Chief Ministers, Ministers and MLAs have been provided with a salary. Whereas even many big leaders of national-level have lived in rented houses after being separated from the post and in such a situation this provision is cancelled.
In this case, it has been said on behalf of the state government that the former Chief Ministers are being provided facilities under the provisions of the Amendment Act, 2017 and apart from this, it has been considered wrong by the Supreme Court to give only accommodation in the case of Lok Prahari. Former Chief Ministers get facilities to maintain their dignity.