Tripura govt’s move to cut 30% of basic pay of Cabinet ministers and MLAs amid the global COVID-19 crisis will help save up to Rs 1.6 crore in a year
Agartala: Three days after the Centre decided to make a pay cut of 30% from the salaries of the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister and all the ministers and MPs, the Tripura government has decided to follow suit and implement a cut of 30% in the basic pay of all the minismoters, MLAs and Speaker for a year.
Official sources informed that the state government’s move will save up to Rs 1.6 crore in a year. The decision to take a full cut on the MLA local area development funds for the next two years was also considered by the Cabinet in the meeting on Tuesday.
Sources also said that apart from this, Rs 7 crore and Rs 3 crore had been sanctioned by NITI Aayog and North Eastern Council (NEC), respectively, for two buildings especially marked for the treatment of COVID-19 positive cases in Tripura.
Till date, there are 1,400 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits available at Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) and GBP Hospital while the state government had sent proposal to the Union ministry of health and family welfare for another 2,000 PPE kits.
“The chief executive member and all the executive members of the TTAADC have donated Rs 1.5 lakh, while the officers and staff have contributed Rs. 8.50 lakh for the chief minister’s relief fund,” sources added.
The labour department was also instructed to register more labourers engaged with construction as they would be provided with a financial aid of Rs 3,000. So far a total of 20,412 labours have been identified and measures to register more persons are being taken. The funds will be credited directly to their accounts.
The state will credit the amount directly to the accounts of those stranded in different parts of the country. A total of 700 people who are stuck in hotels and other places will receive Rs 1,000 per head per night and Rs 150 for food. Those staying in Tripura Bhawans would receive Rs 108 per head every day with free accommodation. The migrant labourers will also get Rs 1,000 with direct account facility.