Forest Department officials pledge a day's salary to CM Relief Fund

Forest Department officials pledge a day's salary to CM Relief Fund

State Forest Minister Sanjay Rathod announced that in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, close to 25,000 employees of the Forest Department have decided to donate their one day's salary to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. The amount that has committed is reported to be close to ₹2.5 crores. This consists of contributions from Chief Secretary for Forest Department to the forest guards.

Forest Minister Rathod had already contributed to the cause by committing his one month's salary to the CM Relief Fund. Prior to that, the state government had made an important announcement in order to counter the financial issue faced by the state government. Deputy CM Ajit Pawar had announced a 60 per cent cut in salary of the elected representatives for the month of March. The remaining amount would be reimbursed to them in the near future.

"The 60 per cent salary cut amid the coronavirus crisis is applicable to the members of legislative assembly and council including the Chief Minister of Maharashtra," Deputy CM Ajit Pawar said. 

Pawar, who also handles the finance portfolio, further stated that the salaries of state government employees will be deducted depending upon their grade. Grade A, B officers in the Maharashtra government will receive only 50 per cent salary followed by a deduction of 25 per cent in the salaries Grade C employees while no reduction in the salary of Grade D employees. 

Earlier, Ajit Pawar sought a ₹25,000 crore package from the centre for Maharashtra due to health and economic crisis emerging amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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