Maharashtra Finance Minister Ajit Pawar (Photo Credit: PTI)
A day after Telangana announced huge salary cut for government employees, Maharashtra – the worst-hit state in the country with the highest number of novel coronavirus cases – has announced up to 60 per cent salary deduction for all staff right from Chief Minister to ministers and legislators, cadre officers, officials, and other employees. A Government Resolution (GR) issued subsequently said that the remaining salary would be paid at a later point.
Elected representatives including the chief minister, ministers and MLAs will get their salaries for March with 60 percent deduction, finance minister Ajit Pawar announced.
A and B grade government employees will get their salaries with 50 percent deduction while C grade employees will get salaries with 25 percent cut. There will be no cut in the salaries of D grade employees.
Pawar, who is also deputy chief minister, said the decision was taken after consultation with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and employee unions.
“The state’s economy has been affected by the coronavirus crisis and reduction in resources due to ongoing lockdown,” Pawar said.
A Government Resolution (GR) issued by the finance departmentsaid the salary for March, which is disbursed in April, will be paid in “two installments” and the balance will be paid later.
The balance amountwill be paid later when the situation improves, a government official said when asked for clarification.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all private establishments, industrial units are closed, which has reduced the state’s revenues, the GR noted.
The salary cut will also apply to semi-government organisations and aided educational institutions including universities, the GR added.
With PTI Inputs