Kerala Water Authority relies on govt to resolve impending salary crisis

G Sajith Kumar

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Kollam: Severe financial constraints faced by Kerala Water Authority will disrupt salary distribution likely. In a message shared on the official WhatsApp group of KWA, the staff raised concerns over delay in salary distribution for the month of September.

The current crisis is due to a delay in Kerala Government sanctioning non-maintenance grants allocated every financial year in the budget. Around Rs 70 crore is needed to pay salaries and pension. But, KWA only has Rs 36 crore. The authorities said that they rely on arrears collected on time to pay salaries.

In the 2021-22 FY, the revenue generated by KWA, in addition to a government grant, stood at Rs 1519 crore. However, the expense stood at Rs 2018 crore, with a revenue deficit of Rs 529 crore. For the past several years, KWA has been facing severe financial constraints. However, KWA relied on the non-maintenance grant provided by the state government.

In FY21-22, KWA received Rs 321 crore grant in eight instalments. Rs 114 crore was distributed to KWA in the first five months alone. However, in the current financial year, KWA only received Rs 45.93 crore as grant from the government.

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