COVID-19: Meghalaya to defer Govt Employees’ salary for April & May

Shillong, Apr 28: The Meghalaya Government, on Tuesday, announced salary deferment for government employees excluding officers and staff of Health Department, Group C employees of Home (Police), Home(Civil Defence and Home Guards) and Municipal Boards and Group D of all other departments. 

Meghalaya Additional Chief Secretary of Finance Department, R V Suchiang informed that the tax and non-tax revenue collected for April, 2020 is very less compared to last year and the tax devolution from Government of India for April, 2020 was also 76 crores less than the budget estimates. “There is every likelihood that the size of the devolution in the coming months could be reduced,” she said. 

The decision was reportedly undertaken so as to control expenditure and cash management system so that resources are available for effective management of COVID-19 situations.

Salaries for the month of April will be paid in May and salary for May will be paid in June. 

“There shall be deferment of 50% in the gross salary, in respect of the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Ministers, All India Services Officers, viz. IAS, IPS, IFS and Central Services officers on deputation to the State Government,” the statement read. 

Gross Salary for Group A and B officers will be deferred by 35% and 25% in respect of Group C staff of all departments except all the  officers  and staff of the Departments of Health and family Welfare and the Group C employee of Home (Police) and Home (Civil Defence and Home Guards).

The proportion of the deferment for Group A, B and C employees will also be applicable to all the institutions being provided Grant-in-aid, Salary, by the State Government except for Group C employees of the Municipal Boards, the statement added. 

No deferment shall be made in the salary of Group D employees and payment of Pensions.

“It is to be noted that above measures are only for deferment of salaries, meaning that the deductions will be paid back to the employees after the economic and fiscal situation improves,” Suchiang said. 

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