Kochi: Kerala High Court will hear on Tuesday a petition challenging the ordinance on salary cut of government employees for six months in view of the coronavirus crisis brought by the state government.

The ordinance dated April 30 gives government the power to defer payment of salaries of Kerala government employees.

A group of different organisations including NGO Association, SETO, NGO Sangh, Kerala Vydyuthi Mazdoor Sangh, and AHSTA have approached Kerala High Court against the ordinance.

“With this ordinance, the government can defer 25 percent salary of the employees without their consent. So, this ordinance is unconstitutional. We seek to stay the procedure to defer the salary of employees at the base of the ordinance,” the petition said.

The plea said that the ordinance was framed in a hurry without complying with the High Court order, which had cancelled the government’s order to defer the salary.

The ordinance was brought after Kerala High Court stayed for two months, an order of the state government which deferred six days’ salary of all state government employees for a period of six months in view of the financial burden caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Inputs with ANI