Lawmakers will discuss on Friday whether to give each village representative an honorarium of HK$2,000 a quarter. If the proposal is approved, about HK$11.9 million of public money will be given to the 1,480 representatives every year from next year. The Home Affairs Department says it is seeking to recognise the services of such people to the rural community. To support its proposal, the department said the job nature of village representatives was not much different from that of district council members, as both represented their constituencies and often needed to liaise with different parties on matters affecting the villages and the well-being of villagers. It said the representatives were critical contact points for the entire village during natural disasters and emergencies. HK$2,000 a quarter was suitable, considering their work. Under the proposal, the money would be paid to representatives even if they were also members of the Executive Council, Legislative Council or a district council, unlike the rules for district councillors, who have their payments trimmed by a third if they are also members of the other two bodies. Of the 1,480, there are 787 indigenous inhabitants and 693 resident representatives elected by 85,900 and 84,600 electors respectively.