KV Thomas | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: The state cabinet has decided to grant a monthly honorarium of Rs 1 lakh to KV Thomas, Kerala's special representative in New Delhi. The cabinet meeting also gave the nod for the appointment of four staffers--two assistants, an office attendant and a driver.
Earlier, the finance department had directed to give a monthly honorarium of Rs 1 lakh to Thomas instead of salary and allowances. A final decision in this regard was taken during the cabinet meeting convened on Wednesday.
Typically, when retired government officials are reappointed to service, they will receive a salary after deducting their pension amount. However, in this case, the rule does not apply because KV Thomas is granted an honorarium instead of a salary and allowances. That means, he can receive the MP pension in addition to the honorarium.
KV Thomas was appointed as the special representative of the LDF-led government in New Delhi after he was sacked by Congress following his alleged anti-party activities.
During the term of the first Pinarayi government, the special representative of the state in Delhi, A Sambath, had cabinet rank. Sambath received a salary of Rs 92,423, similar to that of ministers.