Vegetables | Photo: K.K Santhosh
Thrissur: The staff in Horticorp will have a tough time as the authority decided to cut their salary as part of recovering the loss incurred from damaged vegetables. The unpresidential move will trouble workers who work here for a daily wage of Rs 600.
In the past, the staff used to file a report on the damaged agriculture produces. As per the new rule, 5 per cent of the loss from the damaged products will be levied on the staff's salary.
Horticorp has been selling the products through 110 stalls in the state after collecting the vegetables locally and from wholesale dealers. Meanwhile, Horticulture has to settle arrears of Rs 7 crore to the wholesale dealers. The employees alleged that the traders are distributing low-quality products to Horticorp due to the non-payment of arrears. As a result, the vegetables easily get damaged within days.
Currently, two employees are working in the Horticorp stalls which have a daily turnover of Rs 10,000. Meantime, the permanent staff in Horticorp has been facing an uncertain future due to the delay in salary revision. It is learnt that they have been receiving salary based on the Ninth Pay Revision Commission. Further, they are not paid salary in advance during Onam and School reopening periods for the past two years. It is reported that the distribution of special allowance is also halted and payment of Provident Fund is also disrupted since December 2021.