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Mizoram Govt employees take pay cut to fight COVID-19

By Correspondent

AIZAWL, May 6 - Mizoram Government employees have decided to donate 5 to 10 per cent of their salaries to the State�s exchequer to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting chaired by State Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo and attended by representatives of various government employees� bodies on Tuesday. Representatives of at least 75 associations were present in the meeting.

Group A, B and C employees will forego 10 per cent of their basic pay, while Group D employees will give up 5 per cent of their basic pay, official sources said. The salary cut will start from May and continue till December.

Chuaungo briefed the associations on the unprecedented crisis the State has been facing due to the coronavirus outbreak. �Global economy is shattered and the actual impact on the economy is yet to be known. Due to the nationwide lockdown, tax revenue has considerably declined. While the Central funding has reduced, crores of rupees are being spent on fighting against COVID-19 from the State�s annual budget,� he pointed out.

Chuaungo urged all government employees to make collective efforts to join the fight against the virus outbreak in view of the gradual economic slowdown.

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