Coronavirus lockdown: Telangana govt announces up to 75% pay cut for its officials

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31st March, 2020 01:13:33 printer

Coronavirus lockdown: Telangana govt announces up to 75% pay cut for its officials

In the wake of a financial crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic which has affected over 1,000 people in India, the state government decided to cut salaries of the government employees and officials. The decision was taken at a high-level review meeting held on Monday at Pragathi Bhavan.

After reviewing the financial condition of the state, decisions were taken on payment of various government employees' salaries.

As per the government announcement, there will be 75 per cent cut in the salaries of the chief minister, state cabinet, MLCs, MLAs, state corporation chairpersons, and representatives of local bodies.

There will be a 60 per cent salary cut for IAS, IPS, IFS and other such central services officers -- for all other categories of employees, there will be a 50 per cent salary cut. For class IV, outsourcing and contract employees, there will be a 10 per cent pay cut.

For all the categories of pensioners, there will be a 50 per cent pay cut. The class IV retired employees will have a 10 per cent cut in their salaries. For all the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), institutions that are receiving the government grants employees, like the government employees and retirees, there will be cut in their salaries, too.

Meanwhile, opposition BJP has condemned the Telangana government's "hasty decision to cut salaries" of the state government employees. BJP said that this is an extreme measure and is unwarranted at this stage of the crisis.

"Telangana is the only state in India which has resorted to such an unprecedented step to cut salaries of state government employees," BJP leader Krishna Sagar Rao said.

Source: India Today