Flood relief: We will give salary but don’t compel

Thiruvananthapuram: The government is firm in its stand on contributing 1-month's salary of employees to the CM’s flood relief fund despite the disagreement from the opposition groups. Finance minister Thomas Isaac said there is no change in its stand. However, he said in a meeting of service associations that the government will not compel the citizens for this purpose.

The opposition teachers-service associations alleged after the discussion that the government is imposing its decision on the citizens and it cannot be accepted. Associations supporting the government backed the decision. The minister said the order will be passed in two or three days after considering the opinions of associations.

The opposing groups said in the meet that the salary must be deducted only after obtaining the consent form. But, the minister said it is up to the government to decide. Thomas Isaac said that the government’s stand is the request of CM to the citizens to donate 1-month salary and he put forward the criteria for that.

The salary can be given at one time or in 10 instalments or as decided by the employees. Leave surrender can also be considered in this category if required. The monthly salary will be taken after deducting the amount that was already contributed to the flood relief fund. The consent can be given in written form.

Thomas Isaac told the media that employees have shown a positive attitude towards contributing the salary to the flood relief fund. The meet also discussed the possibility of giving an equal amount of salary by taking loan from PF. The government order will consider all these recommendations. When asked about taking negative stand against those who don’t contribute, the minister said there is no situation to panic. Employees federation leaders said they will oppose if the salary is deducted by misusing their authority.

Decision against democracy

The compulsion over donating one month’s salary to CM’s flood relief fund is against democracy. The government employees and teachers in the flood-hit areas cannot give their entire salary. The best way is to give consent form to employees to contribute an affordable amount- NK Benny, chairman, United Teachers and Employee’s Federation.

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