Wages subtracted for COVID battle to be combined with PF.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. File.
Incomes deducted for COVID fight to be merged with PF.
A variety of measures, including income cut for six months from September, have been cleared by the Cabinet to mobilise profits in the wake of financial 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 chose to merge the six-day salaries of the government employees and instructors subtracted for 5 months from April this year, to meet the expenses for the COVID-19 fight, in the Provident Fund on April 1, 2021.
” The quantity combined in the PF can be withdrawn by the staff members from June 1, 2021 and will be given 9% yearly interest till it is transferred in the PF on April 1,2021 This is to prevent the 2,500 crore extra burden to the exchequer if the deducted quantity is returned now,” a communication from the Chief Minister’s Office stated.
The Cabinet decided to extend the wage cut for another 6 months from September after holding conversations with acknowledged unions of civil servant and instructors. The effort will be known as COVID-19 Earnings Assistance Plan. It will likewise attract 9% annual interest till it is merged in PF on April 1,2021
For pensioners without PF, the deducted money will be returned after June 2021 in equivalent monthly instalments. Leave surrender, frozen now, will be combined with PF and will be allowed from September. But, the money can be withdrawn only from June 1,2021 In the next fiscal year, the leave surrender will be permitted just from June 1, 2021.
Leave without pay that is offered for 20 years has been lowered to five years. The practice of reporting posts after the employee 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 mentor in a week. Rules will be amended within a month by the College Department. The existing rule of developing a post of school instructor with an increase of one trainee will be avoided. The federal government will be the last authority to create posts of teachers in schools and safeguarded instructors will get priority.