Himachal salary cut for Covid draws sharp reaction

Himachal salary cut for Covid draws sharp reaction

Tribune News Service

Shimla, April 21

The Himachal Government’s determination to order a cut in salary of its workers for the HP Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund has evoked a sharp reaction from the general public on social media.

The Department of Health and Family Welfare right this moment issued orders for deducting two-day salary from the emoluments of Class I and II officers and one-day cut in case of Class III and IV workers. The workers of the well being division have been exempted from the cut.

People took to social media to lash out on the authorities over the cut, mentioning the “wasteful expenditure” on luxurious automobiles of ministers and bureaucrats and their enormous journey bills. Some criticised the choice whereas mentioning the federal government’s transfer to tackle lease a Russian helicopter for the Chief Minister’s official engagements. Some mentioned that whereas enhanced pay and different advantages had been but to be given to workers, there was no verify on the federal government’s extravagance.

“Despite several social welfare measures taken by the state government during the Covid pandemic, hardships might still be faced by the citizens, particularly the poor and marginalised sections of society,” the order learn whereas justifying the cut. It additional acknowledged that the necessity of the hour was to coordinate efforts of the state authorities, civil society and all residents to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure which required funds.

An attraction was additionally made to the well-off folks to make liberal contribution and donations to the HP Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

CM, ministers, MLAs to contribute too

  • The CM and ministers will contribute a month’s salary and MLAs 2-day salary to Covid fund
  • The Cabinet approval will come at a gathering on Thursday, CM Jai Ram Thakur mentioned


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