Salary Cuts Up To 60% For Chief Minister,  Officials, Ministers In Maharashtra
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Salary Cuts Up To 60% For Chief Minister, Officials, Ministers In Maharashtra

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Salaries of ministers, other elected representatives as well as government officials in Maharashtra for March will be slashed by up to 60 percent in view of the economic impact of coronavirus lockdown, it was announced on Tuesday.

A Government Resolution issued subsequently said that the remaining salary would be paid at a later point. Elected representatives including the chief minister, ministers and members of legislative assemblies 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 a 50 percent deduction while C grade employees will get salaries with a 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 GR issued by the finance department said the salary for March, which is disbursed in April, will be paid in "two installments" and the balance will be paid later.

The balance amount will 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.

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