05/08/2016 4:05 PM IST | Updated 05/08/2016 4:25 PM IST

Centre Returns Kejriwal's Bill That Demanded 400% Hike In Delhi MLA Salaries

Centre to Kejriwal: No chance!

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New setback for Arvind Kejriwal?

Last year, the Delhi Assembly approved a 400 percent pay hike for MLAs and ministers, by passing the Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Government of NCT of Delhi (Salaries, Allowances, Pension) Amendment Bill 2015.

The Bill was sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for final approval.

Now, months later, the home ministry has returned it back to the Delhi government, seeking clarification on it, reports Economic Times.

This comes at a time when the when the Arvind Kejriwal government and the Centre are already at loggerheads.

On Thursday, in a setback to the AAP, the Delhi High Court ruled that lieutenant governor (LG) is the administrative head of Delhi.

This could mean another setback.

"We have raised few 'curable' and 'non-curable' queries," a official told ET.

The government official said that it is not clear what method has been used to calculate the salaries for MLA and speaker.

According to the Bill, Delhi MLAs will get a basic salary of Rs 50,000, constituency allowance of Rs 50,000, conveyance allowance of Rs 30,000, communication allowance of up to Rs 10,000 and secretarial allowance of Rs 70,000. The basic salary of ministers has been increased from Rs 20,000 to Rs 80,000 and their constituency allowance has been increased from Rs 18,000 to Rs 50,000.