COVID-19: Odisha defers salary of CM, ministers and bureaucrats

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday issued an order deferring a portion of the salary of the chief minister, ministers and All India Service officers as part of austerity measures to tackle COVID-19, an official statement said.

In view of the economic impact caused due to lockdown and expenditures incurred to control COVID-19, the government ordered deferment of wages and salaries, the statement added.

As per the order, there will be a deferment of 70 per cent in the gross salary in respect of the chief minister, ministers, MLAs, chairpersons of all state-run corporations and elected representatives of all local bodies. Similarly, the order said, “There shall be a deferment of 50 per cent salary in respect of All India Service Officers like Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS). The order will come into force with immediate effect, the official statement said.

Meanwhile, the IAS Officers’ Association, Odisha supported the State govt’s decision on deferment of 50% of gross salary of All India Service officers of the State.

Odisha has so far reported three positive novel coronavirus cases while 57 persons are under hospital isolation.

(PTI)

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