State appeals to govt staff to donate one day’s salary

Panduranga Mhaske
Thursday, 22 June 2017

The State government has now appealed to its employees to surrender their one-day salary for helping widows and kids of farmers, who have committed suicide due to farm loans. 

MUMBAI: The State government has now appealed to its employees to surrender their one-day salary for helping widows and kids of farmers, who have committed suicide due to farm loans. 

After announcing farm loan waiver to the farmers, the government is in catch 22 situation as there is no fund in the treasury and the government is facing a cash crunch. From next month, Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be implemented and that will lead to merger of various taxes. Hence, the government has no clear idea whether the GST will benefit the government or it will be a loss for the government. 

In last few years, the agrarian crisis has increased and the farmers have became debt-ridden due to drought. According to the data, 1,129 farmers have killed themselves during January and May this year. Of these 1,129, 243 committed suicide in May this year.  Now, the government has come up with a new idea to help these families of dead farmers. The appeal has been made to all State government employees and the members of the state legislature to voluntarily donate one-day salary towards the chief minister relief fund for proving financial aid to families of the farmers.  

The General Administration Department (GAD), headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has issued a circular on June 21. The government thinks that if all the government employees donate a day’s salary, it will easily accumulate around Rs 350 crore. 

According to the chief minister’s office, the State government pays salary to 20 lakh people every month and the government spends Rs 80,000 crore on the salary per year. The voluntary donation will help the CM relief fund to accumulate money for widows and children of farmers.

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