Thiruvananthapuram: State Public Administration Secretary has recommended reduction of salaries of secretariat employees for the days they did not work from home during the lockdown period. The suggestion made to the Finance Secretary, however, may not be implemented due to the protests from the secretariat employees.
The government had ordered that 50 percent of group A,B employees and 33 percent of other officers should be present for duty in the secretariat during the lockdown. The rest of the employees could have worked from home using e- office portal. If an employee logged in to the portal, he/ she would be considered to have worked from home. Public Administration Secretary KR Jyothilal suggested the reduction of salaries for those days that the employees did not log in to the portal.
Secretariat employees claim that they did not turn up for work due to lack of transport facilities. There are also employees who do not have access to e- office from home.
As of now, six days’ salary of government employees is being cut. The employees allege that the authorities are looking for new ways to cut the salary by implementing this. The employees associations have written to the Chief Minister demanding to withdraw this recommendation.