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Members of the local self-government bodies in Kerala are paid a pittance, but this may soon change if government accepts the State Finance Commission’s recommendations. Members’ salaries may be doubled and there may be a 200 percent pay rise for the panchayat presidents and municipal chairpersons soon. While salaries and perks of members of Parliament and state assemblies are revised at regular intervals, this is not the case with members of local bodies. The fifth state finance commission wants them to get decent wages which also reflects the expenses they incur in their daily activities. Also the panel feels that better pay would lead to an increase in the efficiency of elected representatives in the state. It is recommended that the salary of panchayat president be increased ...

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