Finance Minister assures no delay in salary; health workers, police to be given first
Thiruvananthapuram: Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said there would be no delay in disbursing the salaries of government employees. On May 4 itself, salaries will be distributed. He also welcomed the signing of Ordinance by the Governor to keep aside six days payment of the government employees for next five months.
“At first, salaries will be given for health workers and police force. Others will be given after that,” he said in a special interview with Mathrubhumi News.
“Government is not willingly withholding employees' salaries. Government is not interested in taking away any privilege of the employees. But the situation demands such a drastic step. It will be repaid to the employees definitely. Realising the need of the hour, everyone should have cooperated with the government,” he opined.
Public will isolate those who are turning their back toward this measure. Political stubbornness in this period is not good. With Governor signing the Ordinance, government doesn’t think, it has won. This is no revenge. This is the need of the hour. As High Court observed it was illegal to withhold a part of the employees’ salary, government made it into a law. Kerala government has trust in the Governor and had never disrespected the position, he added.
Chief Minister had discussed with service associations under opposition wing regarding salary challenge. Since they opposed, six days’ salary cut was the only option. Now Opposition leader wants to know, when the salary that is withheld, would be given. How can the government arrive at a date for it in the present situation? How can we predict the period of existence for coronavirus scare? Isaac asked.
Brushing of allegations raised by Opposition as baseless, Finance Minister said with six days’ pay being cut for five months, government will get Rs 2500 crore and this will be used only for COVID resistance activities.
“Rs 5000 crore is to be obtained from Centre in terms of GST income. Even in this situation, they are not providing us the money we deserve,” he alleged.
Centre has completely turned down any help to bring back citizens stranded in other states. Centre is of the opinion that state government can bring back people stranded in other places like Kolkata by bus. Why did they turn down, the most convenient means, the trains? However, Kerala government will not abandon its people. The government will bring back any Keralite stranded anywhere, the minister ensured.