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State doesn't have funds to pay employees for next month: Maharastra Minister Vijay Wadettiwar

Wadettiwar clarified that there was not a shortage of funds for the handling of the coronavirus outbreak which has gripped Maharashtra.

State doesn't have funds to pay employees for next month: Maharastra Minister Vijay Wadettiwar
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As the coronavirus outbreak has gripped the state, Maharashtra Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar on Thursday said that the state government does not have enough funds and will have to take loans to pay the salaries of its employees next month. 

Wadettiwar clarified that there was not a shortage of funds for the handling of the coronavirus outbreak which has gripped Maharashtra. The funds are being diverted to handle the coronavirus situation on priority, he added. 

However, the minister complained that the Maharashtra government has not received any funds from the centre which has led to a situation where the state will have to take a loan to pay the salaries of government employees for the next month. 

The Maharashtra government has already cut down budgets of three to four departments with the handling of coronavirus outbreak as a priority, Wadettiwar said while adding that if some leaders think that the centre has given funds, they are betraying the state. 

“The Maharashtra government has not received any funds from the centre. The situation is such that we will have to take a loan to pay the salaries of employees for the next month. The expenses of 3-4 departments have already been slashed. However, there is no cash-crunch for handling the coronavirus crisis,” he said during a meeting in Pune. 

Wadettiwar held a meeting to review the fellowship provided to students under Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Research Training and Human Development Institute (SARTHI). The minister said that the SARTHI scheme was not being shut down. Wadettiwar, however, said that the previous government just gave ₹50 crores to it. 

The minister further informed that the budgets were being slashed as there is no revenue generation. Wadettiwar also spoke about the COVID-19 situation in the state saying that there are more than 700 containment zones in Mumbai. 

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