COVID-19: Telangana cuts all government salaries

In a drastic move – a huge fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced a deep cut in all salaries, pensions paid by the state government. According to a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office on Monday night, there will be a 75 percent cut in the salaries of the CM, all the ministers, legislators, chairpersons of state corporations and local body representatives. While the All India Services officers like the IAS, IPS get to take 60 percent less salary, all other gazetted and non-gazetted employees including those working in the PSUs would get only half of their salaries. Pensions are also cut by half. The reduction in the case of Grade-IV, contract outsourcing workers’ salaries – the lower rung in the state employee’s formation – is 10 percent.