AGENCIES, Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday has announced that there would be a 60 per cent cut in this month’s salaries of public representatives in the state. The pay cut will also be applicable for the chief minister, in view of coronavirus pandemic which has drastically affecting the economy.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who is also the state finance minister, said the decision has been taken after consultation with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and various unions of employees.
“The salaries of Class I and II will be cut by 50 per cent while that of Class III employees will be cut by 25 per cent.
There will be no cut in the salaries of remaining classes in the state bureaucracy,” he said.
“I hope the public representatives will cooperate with the state finance department as a strong financial support is required for the state in this ongoing fight against coronavirus,” he said.
Pawar said the state’s economy has been affected due to the coronavirus crisis and reduction of resources following the lockdown.
On Monday, the Telangna government also a huge pay cut for its employees ranging from 10 per cent to 75 per cent. Chief Minister, state cabinet, MLCs, MLAs, state corporation chairpersons and local bodies representatives have decided to go in for a a 75 per cent cut in the salaries in view of the current situation. Salaries of IAS, IPS IFS and other similar grades will see a 50 per cent drop in their incomes.
A modest 10 per cent cut in the salary for the Class IV retired employees and for all the public sector undertakings, institutions that are receiving the government grants has also been announced.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labour and Employment has issued an advisory to private sector employers asking them not to cut salaries or resort to layoff of their employees.