Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala State Youth Commission chairperson Chintha Jerome asserted that she had not received any amount other than the salary approved by the commission. Her salary was hiked to Rs 1 lakh in 2018 and hence the turmoil raised now have malicious intentions, she said.
“The salary conditions of the youth commission chairperson were not fixed when I was appointed in 2016. The documents noted that an order regarding the conditions of services and salaries will be released later. A salary of Rs 50,000 was first received in 2017. I have been working without any salary till then,” said Chintha Jerome.
“The state government formulated rules regarding salary and service of the youth commission on May 26, 2018. According to this, the salary of the chairperson has been fixed at Rs 1 lakh. I have been receiving this salary since 2018. Hence, I have no idea why my salary triggered a controversy in 2023?” she asked.
The former chairperson of the commission RV Rajesh has approached the court demanding to implement the 2018 order with retrospective effect. Chintha Jerome opined that the controversy might have been raised because of the court order regarding this case.
“I have not demanded to issue the salary order retrospectively. Meanwhile, a letter has been forwarded to the Youth Commission secretary to obtain clarity over the salary received as advance before issuing the order,” added Chintha Jerome.
Meanwhile, she rubbished the rumours about her salary hike.
“The news that the salary of the chairperson has doubled recently is fake. Another false news was that I would receive at least Rs 32 lakh as arrears in salary. How did they make such an absurd calculation?” she asked.
“If I receive Rs 32 lakh together, a social worker like me would definitely donate it to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund,” she asserted.