Govt asks its employees to donate day’s salary for drought relief

The state government has asked its over 10 lakh employees to donate a day’s salary towards drought relief.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 16, 2014 1:04 pm

The state government has asked its over 10 lakh employees to donate a day’s salary towards drought relief. If all employees agree,close to Rs 150 crore will be credited to Chief Minister’s Drought Relief Fund.

“We have issued a circular to all government employees to voluntarily give one day’s salary for drought relief,” additional chief secretary (general administration) P S Meena said.

The state spends around Rs 54,684 crore on salaries every year. The daily salary bill is roughly Rs 149 crore.

Maharashtra police decided earlier this year to donate Rs 15 crore — a day’s salary — to CM Fund,while ministers decided in February to donate a month’s pay — around Rs 25 lakh put together.

The state,which is reeling from a debt of over Rs 2.45 lakh-crore,requires over Rs 2,500 crore to tackle the drought.

It has so far spent over Rs 800 crore in the 1,586 villages that are facing water shortage and sought Rs 2,500 crore from the Centre.

The average water stock in the state’s 2,475 irrigation projects is 27 per cent. Marathwada has the least stock of 8 per cent compared to last year’s 18.

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