Hyderabad: Under the amended rule allowances of all Cantonment Board vice-presidents and elected members will be doubled. Under the new Cantonments [Payment of Allowances to Vice-President and Elected Members (Amendment)] Rules, 2020, the salary and allowances of Cantonment vice-presidents and elected members is being increased.

The cantonments are divided into four categories and the vice-presidents of the first category cantonment will now receive an honorarium allowance of Rs.10, 000, which earlier was Rs. 5,000, said the gazette. The newly-amended rule states that elected members of Category 1 cantonment (population more than 50,000) will get an honorarium allowance of Rs. 8,000. For Category 2 (population more than 10,000 but less than 50,000) the vice-president and elected members will be paid Rs. 8,000 and Rs. 6,000, respectively. For Category 3 (population more than 2,500 but less than 10,000) the allowance of the vice-president has been raised to Rs. 6,000 while the elected member will receive Rs. 4,000. The salaries of vice-president and elected members of Category 4 cantonment (population of 2,500) will be Rs. 4,000 and Rs 2,000, respectively.

The travel allowances for the elected members of all cantonments will be Rs. 320. Meanwhile, the travel allowance for the vice-president of Category 1 cantonment will be Rs. 1, 250, for Category 2 it will be Rs. 1,000, and for Category 3 and 4 the vice-presidents will receive Rs.750 and Rs.500, respectively.

The allowances of cantonment boards have been doubled from what it was in 2011 and according to the gazette, it will not be increased or decreased for five years beginning 27 January 2020.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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