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    Kerala govt announces salary cut for 6 more months

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    Salaries deducted for COVID fight to be combined with PF.

    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. File

    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Submit.


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    Wages deducted for COVID fight to be merged with PF.

    A slew of steps, including wage cut for 6 months from September, have actually been cleared by the Cabinet to mobilise revenue in the wake of monetary crisis made acute by the pandemic and lockdown.

    Acting on the report of the 2 professional committees headed by former Chief Secretary K.M. Abraham and Director, Centre for Advancement Studies, Sunil Mani, the Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan decided to merge the six-day salaries of the civil servant and instructors deducted for five months from April this year, to satisfy the costs for the COVID-19 fight, in the Provident Fund on April 1, 2021.

    ” The amount combined in the PF can be withdrawn by the staff members from June 1, 2021 and will be given 9% annual interest till it is transferred in the PF on April 1,2021 This is to avoid the 2,500 crore additional burden to the exchequer if the deducted amount is returned now,” a communication from the Chief Minister’s Office stated.

    The Cabinet decided to extend the income cut for another 6 months from September after holding conversations with acknowledged unions of government employees and instructors. The effort will be called COVID-19 Earnings Support Plan. It will also attract 9% annual interest till it is merged in PF on April 1,2021

    Leave surrender

    For pensioners without PF, the deducted money will be returned after June 2021 in equal regular monthly instalments. Leave surrender, frozen now, will be combined with PF and will be allowed from September. The cash can be withdrawn only from June 1,2021 In the next financial year, the leave surrender will be enabled only from June 1, 2021.

    Leave without pay that is available for 20 years has actually been decreased to five years. The practice of reporting posts after the staff member goes on leave for 90 days has actually been scrapped.

    New posts of college teachers will be enabled from June this year by taking into account minimum 16 hours of teaching in a week. Rules will be modified within a month by the Higher Education Department. The existing rule of creating a post of school teacher with an increase of one trainee will be prevented. The federal government will be the last authority to produce posts of teachers in schools and protected teachers will get priority.

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