60 per cent cut in salaries of all elected representatives: Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar

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.

60 per cent cut in salaries of all elected representatives: Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar
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Amid the coronavirus outbreak in the state which has claimed 10 lives, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Tuesday issued an order stating that there will be 60 per cent cut in the salaries of the elected representatives for the month of March. 

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. 

“The salaries of all elected representatives, including CM and all MLAs-MLCs, will be cut by 60 per cent for the month of March,” the order issued by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar read. 

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. 

“Salaries of Grade A and B officers will be deducted by 50% and that of Grade C employees, by 25%. No deduction in the salary of Grade D employees,” Maharashtra Deputy CM and state Finance Minister Ajit Pawar said. 

As of March 31, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has risen to 230 while in Mumbai the number has increased to 92. The death toll in Maharashtra has increased to 10 while in India the number of deaths has soared up to 32. 

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. For this, Pawar wrote to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Centre’s state in-charge Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. 

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