Home / News / India /  Maharashtra announces big salary cuts amid Covid-19 pandemic

The Maharashtra government today said that there would be a 60 cut in this month's salaries of public representatives in the state, including the chief minister, in view of coronavirus affecting the economy.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who is also the state finance minister, said the decision has been taken after consultation with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

In an official statement, Pawar announced a 60% cut in the March salaries of the chief minister, all other ministers, MLAs, MLCs and representatives of local governing bodies.

He further said the salaries of Class I and II will be cut by 50% while that of Class III employees will be cut by 25%. There will be no cut in the salaries of remaining classes in the state bureaucracy," he said.

Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra increased to 225 on Tuesday. The state has so far notched 10 COVID-19 deaths, including 8 in Mumbai, and one each in Pune and Buldhana.

Telangana government has also decided to impose big salary cuts. State chief minister KCR is taking a 75% salary cut, along with his cabinet, MLCs, MLAs, state corporation chairpersons and local bodies representatives.

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