Cabinet decides against salary cut; proposes amendment in Police Act
Thiruvananthapuram: The state cabinet has decided to withdraw the salary cut of the government employees which was imposed for 6 more months from September 1. The decision was taken in the cabinet meeting held on Wednesday.
At the same time, the cabinet also decided to reimburse the amount which was deducted from the salary in the previous months, from November. The finance department proposed the reimbursement and the cabinet approved it.
Meanwhile, the cabinet also decided to amend the Police Act to counter the cyberattack against women through social media.
The new amendment in Police Act was proposed in view of the controversy related to a YouTuber's offensive remarks on dubbing artiste Bhagyalakshmi.
Earlier, there were complaints that the Kerala Police Act has no sections to take action against anyone for defaming people through social media. Considering this complaint, the cabinet has decided to amend section 118 A of Police Act.
As per the amendment, police can register a case, for defaming and threatening people through social media. But the state needs permission from the Centre to make this as a non-bailable offence. The cabinet will seek the Centre’s permission for the same.
The cabinet has also considered the proposal to give 10 percent reservation for economically backward forward caste people in government jobs. An amendment proposed by PSC for the reservation was also approved. With this, technical procedures related to forward caste reservation has been completed in the state.
Meanwhile, the cabinet also decided to fix a floor price for 16 types of vegetables. The floor price of 16 vegetables from tapioca to garlic will come into force from November 1.