Published On: Wed, May 13th, 2020

Karnataka govt allays fears about salary cut

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Wednesday sought to allay fears over possible salary cut for its employees, saying there was no reason to worry.

Karnataka Minister “We are still on May 13…it has been said several times that there is no reason for worry, we are also working towards it,” Minister S Suresh Kumar S Suresh Kumar told reporters.

The assertion came amid reports that the government might resort for the measure in the wake of economic crisis triggered by COVID-19 lockdown.

“As things stand at present we have given April month salary to everyone, now it is May salary. We are still on May 13…it has been said several times that there is no reason for worry, we are also working towards it,” Minister S Suresh Kumar, spokesperson for COVID-19 in the state, told reporters in response to a question.

He said along with ensuring salary for employees, reducing the number of coronavirus infections and fatalities was the task before the government and it was working towards it.

The government had ensured April salary for its employees, amid similar apprehensions.

Citing dwindling resources, reports had claimed that the government may go for pay cuts to its employees in coming months.

State Finance department had recently said, government’s spending has to be based on priority, with resource mobilisation coming to a halt due to the lockdown.

PTI

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