Samajwadi Party’s leader Raees Sheikh has demanded a hike in the basic salary of corporators from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 50,000. According to the BMC's secretary, the former is in touch with the state government for increasing the corporator's salary from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 25,000 but the promise was not kept. Currently, Mumbai’s corporators get Rs. 10,000 as a basic salary.
BMC has 232 corporators including 5 nominated corporators who get Rs. 10,000 basic salary according to 2005 GR. Along with this, they get extra Rs. 150 as wages. Due to inflation, corporators had demanded to increase the salary from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 25,000. The then Standing Committee Chairman Rahul Shewale gave nod to the proposal and then mayor Sunil Prabhu wrote to then CM Prithviraj Chavhan on 6 August 2012 for the same. But no decision was made by the state. Then opposition leaders blamed Congress government for not increasing the salaries. The same is being repeated in BJP led government who have not increased the salary. Eight months back, the state increased MLA’s salary by Rs. 75,000 to Rs. 1.5 lakh and pension from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000.
However, now SP leader Raees Sheikh wrote to BMC commissioenr Ajoy Mehta to increase the salary from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 50,000 and extra wages from Rs. 150 to Rs. 500. He also asked the BMC commissioner to take the follow up of the previous recommendation. When BMC’s secretary Narayan Pathade was asked for the reply on the same, he cleared that corporators get Rs. 10,000 as basic salary and Rs. 150 as extra wages. He agreed that they are waiting for the government’s revised decision to hike the salary.