Various reports were circulating which claimed that amid the coronavirus pandemic the central government might impose pay cuts on some categories of central government employees to release the pressure on government’s expenditure during the lockdown. However, the Ministry of Finance and Press Information of Bureau (PIB) on Monday clarified that no such move is being planned.
“There is no proposal under consideration of Govt for any cut whatsoever in the existing salary of any category of central government employees. The reports in some sections of media are false and have no basis whatsoever,” the finance ministry said on Twitter.
PIB Fact Check with the help of its Twitter handle clarified that the central government is not considering any such plans.
“Please beware of fake news,” PIB added.
This denial of the Ministry of Finance and Press Information of Bureau (PIB) came after a news channel reported that the government was planning to cut salaries of central government employees by 30 percent.
Earlier in the month of April, the Ministry of Finance came out with a clarification about the reported claim of a salary cut.
“It is being reported that a 20 percent cut in Central Government Pensions is being planned. This news is FALSE. There will be no cut in pension disbursements,” the finance ministry had said in April.
Moreover, the government has announced a ₹1.7-lakh crore economic package for the poor which consists of free foodgrains and cooking gas.
Also, a cash dole will be given to the poor women and the elderly.
Adding to it a second package, for the welfare of the industrial sector, is said to be in the works and is likely to be announced shortly.