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PTI

In order to mobilise funds to fight COVID-19 in the state, the Kerala government on Wednesday decided to issue an ordinance enabling it to deduct salaries of its employees.

The move comes a day after the High Court had stayed an order of the Left government for salary cut of its employees, observing that it lacked legal backing.

“As per this ordinance, the state government has been empowered to defer 25% of the salary of the government employees, in case of a disaster. The state government can take a decision on giving back the deferred amount within six months. These are the two operative provisions,” Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac told reporters.

According to the order, the state government employees’ salary for six days every month would be deducted for the next five months.

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