Rajasthan defers salaries of govt employees amid virus lockdown

The Rajasthan cabinet decided to defer a potion of salary of the chief minister, deputy chief minister, MLAs and government employees as part of austerity measures amid the novel coronavirus pandemic in the state.

In a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, it was informed that most of the industrial units and business activities in the state are closed due to the lockdown. Also, functioning in several departments related to revenue collection has also been affected.

Revenue collection has reduced by Rs 17,000 crore in March.

The Odisha government had on Tuesday issued an order deferring a portion of the salary of the chief minister, ministers and All India Service officers as part of austerity measures to tackle COVID-19, an official said.

In view of the economic impact caused due to lockdown and expenditures incurred to control COVID-19, the government ordered deferment of wages and salaries, he said.

Similarly, the Andhra Pradesh government too has issued an order deferring the salaries of government employees, including the Chief Minister, Cabinet Ministers and IAS officers. The order shall come into force for the month of March 2020, payable in the month of April 2020 and will continue to be in force till further orders.