COVID-19 relief fund: Ministers, MLAs to face salary cut in state
Thiruvananthapuram: The cabinet meeting held on Wednesday recommended cutting salary of ministers and MLAs in the state for COVID-19 relief works. As per the recommendation, 30 percent of salary will be deducted per annum. The cabinet also decided that the government employees will face 6 days pay cut in a month for 5 months in their monthly salary.
Finance minister Thomas Isaac has recommended the 6 days’ wage cut instead of the salary challenge. Earlier, the central government also announced 30 percent salary cut of union ministers and MPs. As part of this, the MP fund too was reduced.
Though the state government has opposed the centre’s decision to reduce the MP fund, now the cabinet has taken a similar model of salary cut for public representatives.
Meanwhile, the cabinet has approved the recommendation to cut 6 days’ wage from the monthly salary of the government employees. The government observed that the revised salary cut will not be a burden for the staff. Immediate financial aid is necessary for coronavirus preventive actions. Hence, the government examined that cutting salary for more months will not benefit.
At the same time, another recommendation was made in the cabinet to reimburse the deducted salary to the staff once the state improves the financial condition.
Part-time employees who work for a payment under Rs 20,000 are allowed to take decision by themselves on surrendering their salary.
Salary challenge is compulsory for all government employees in every department including revenue, health, police, government commissions and public firms.