HC slams compulsory salary deduction to CMDRF
HC slams compulsory salary deduction to CMDRF

HC slams compulsory salary deduction to CMDRF


Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday condemned the government’s decision to deduct one-month salary of employees to Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). The court observed the act as a kind of robbery.

The court made the remark in the petition filed by employees of the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) challenging the board's decision to deduct salary and festival allowances towards the CMDRF in view of the floods. The devaswom board has issued the order in adherence to Chief Minister’s salary challenge.

The Chief Minister has asked to donate salary through the salary challenge. But making it compulsory is a wrong procedure. Compulsory salary donation is like looting the employees, the court observed.

Following this, Travancore Devaswom Board informed the court that the order demanding one-month salary of staff will be revised on Tuesday. The High Court also cancelled similar order of Malabar Devaswom Board too.

The court will consider the petition again on Tuesday. The court made the remark when employees are expressing protest against compulsory salary deduction following Chief Minister’s salary challenge.



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