Like the Prime minister, who leads the country, same as, the chief ministers lead the state, and are one of the most powerful leaders of any state. In our country India, the post of Chief Minister has been an important one from time immemorial. This article focus on the pay structure of such Chief Ministers. The salaries of the chief ministers have been always a point of controversy in India, particularly at the state level. The Chief Minister of India is the head of the state and is appointed by the governors. The CMs are very important for every state and therefore, they can afford to demand an exceptional salary.
The Chief Minister is also a member of the Union Cabinet and is generally considered the senior minister in a state cabinet. The Chief Ministers get their pay as chief ministers and as well as the members of the legislative assembly or the legislative council and their pay is fixed by the President of the country. Generally, the Cm’s salaries are calculated based on qualifications and experience they have with an annual increment, which results in change over time. Here I am going to make a list of the highest-paid Chief Ministers of the country in 2023. In the below list, the salary mentioned is included as a CM of a state as well as the salary received as MLA/MLC.
Top 10 Highest Paid CM’s in 2023
1. K. Chandra Shekhar Rao
K. Chandra Shekhar Rao- At the top, the chief minister of Telangana is the highest paid CM in the country with a monthly pay of Rs. 410,000 + 250,000 with additional allowances such as house allowance, telephone bills, and international travel expenses.
2. Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal- the Union Territory and the capital of the country, the Chief Minister of the country gets the second highest salary in the country with a monthly pay of Rs. 390,000 + 210,000 including the additional allowances.
3. Sri Adityanath Yogi
Sri Adityanath Yogi- the chief minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh, counted or can be put in the list of highest paid salary in the country with a monthly pay of Rs.365, 000 + 187,000 including all the additional allowances.
4. Eknath Shinde
Eknath Shinde- the CM of the Indian state of Maharashtra, the Chief Minister of the country gets the fourth highest salary in the country with a monthly pay of 340,000 + 160,000 including additional allowances.
5. Yeduguri Sandinti Jagan Mohan Reddy
Yeduguri Sandinti Jagan Mohan Reddy –the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, who is on the list of top highest paid chief ministers of the country holds the 5th position with a monthly salary of Rs. 335,000 + 335,000 along with all the additional and international allowances.
6. Bhupendrabhai Patel
Bhupendrabhai Patel- the Chief Minister of Gujarat, who is on the list of top highest paid chief ministers of the country holds the position of sixth highest paid CM with a monthly salary of Rs. 321,000 + 127,000, along with all the additional and international allowances.
7. Jai Ram Thakur
Jai Ram Thakur- the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, who is also on the list of top highest paid chief ministers of the country with a monthly salary of Rs 310,000 + 125,000, along with travel and other allowances.
8. Manohar Lal Khattar
Manohar Lal Khattar- the Chief Minister of Haryana, who is on the list of top highest paid chief ministers of the country holds the position of eighth and highest paid CM with a monthly salary of Rs. 288,000 + 115,000 along with all the additional and international allowances.
9. Hemant Soren
Hemant Soren- the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, who is on the list of top highest paid chief ministers of the country holds the 9th position with a monthly salary of Rs. 272,000+ 151,000 along with all the additional and international allowances.
10. Shivraj Singh Chauhan
Shivraj Singh Chauhan- the CM of Madhya Pradesh, is one of the top lists of highest paid salary with a monthly pay of Rs.255,000 + 210000 along with all the additional and international allowances.
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The question arises, how the salary of a chief minister would be decided?
Here I am going to tell you in a short brief, that the salary shows the size of the state and the population of the particular state, or the income generated by each state doesn’t apply to the salary of the state. The salary of the chief minister of an individual state is decided by the state legislature, according to article 164 of the Indian constitution. The central Government or the parliament of the country has no say regarding the salaries of the chief ministers. The chief minister is paid for serving the state and looking after its security, safety, and prosperity
The Cm salary included the – Basic pay + sumptuary allowances + daily allowances + constituency allowances = total salary
Even more, the salary of the Chief Minister is revised every 10 years and the hike in the salary has to be approved by the governor. The chief minister has a basic salary along with dearness allowance, and housing rent allowance this is in addition to other special allowances. Also, it the important to note that the chief ministers of India are earning more salary than the president and prime minister of India, it is bitter fact but indeed it is true.