Telangana promulgates an ordinance to facilitate salary deferment

K V Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on June 17, 2020

The ordinance allows the State to defer a part of the payment of salaries, pension during disasters and public health emergencies

The Telangana Government has promulgated an ordinance to back its move to defer the salaries of government employees and pensioners in the times of disaster and public health emergency, triggering fears among the employees whether it will impact their salary receivables for the month of June.

The ordinance allows the State Government to defer the payments till the situation becomes manageable. It makes special provisions for the deferment of any payment in part payable to any person, institution and any pay, pension and remuneration in the event of any disaster and public health emergency.

The Government has been paying deferred payments to the employees and pensioners for the last three months.

The Telangana Disaster and Public Health Emergency (Special Provisions) Ordinance, 2020, seeks to get immunity from other laws, rules or code or judgement or any court or tribunal. “It shall be competent and lawful for the Government to defer the pay, pension or remuneration in part, not exceeding one half of the total monthly pay,” it said.

The purview of the Ordinance would also cover payments to staff in aided colleges, schools, local bodies, universities and corporations.

The Government will issue a notification within six months, indicating how it is going to repay the deferred payments.

Published on June 17, 2020

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