Maharashtra state Legislative Assembly Current Affairs - 2020

ECI to conduct biennial election to Maharashtra Legislative Council

On May 1, 2020, the Election Commission of India announced that it is to conduct biennial election for 9 vacant seats for the members of Legislative Council of the Maharashtra State Legislature.

Highlights

On April 24, 2020, 9 seats became vacant in the Maharashtra Legislative Council. Hence, the Election Commission of India has issued orders to conduct elections under Article 324.

Article 324

The article superintendents and provides directions to the election Commission. The article gives powers to the election commission of India to conduct parliamentary and state legislature elections.

Under the article, the commission shall consist of a Chief Election Commissioner and other commissioners if in need and may be appointed by the President from time to time.

The article empowers the President to appoint regional commissioners in consultation with the chief election commissioner.

Legislative Council

The Legislative Council is the upper house in a state legislature and is established under Article 169. Every member of the legislative council serves for 6 years. Hence, the terms of one-third of the state legislative council members expire every two years.

After bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, today, 6 out of 28 states have State Legislative Council.

Article 169

The article provides power to abolish or create legislative councils in the state.

COVID-19: Maharashtra and Telangana Government announce major salary cuts

On March 31, 2020, the Maharashtra and Telangana State Governments announced major salary cuts.

Highlights

The Maharashtra Government had cut 60% of salary from the Chief Minister and other members of Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council and other representatives of the local governing bodies. The Class A and Class B employees of the government are to take 50% of cut. There will be no salary cuts for Class D employees that includes office assistants and peons. So far Maharashtra has reported 225 COVID-19 infected cases and 10 deaths.

Telangana

The state of Telangana had also announced such salary cuts. The Telangana Government is to cut 75% of salary from the Chief Minister, members of legislative assembly and state ministers.

7th Pay Commission

The Seventh Pay commission revised the salaries of State Government employees. It increased the pay of contractual employees by 10%. It is not necessary that all the state government employees will receive equal hikes under the revision being made by pay commission.