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Govt staffs should not be compelled to accept salary challenge: HC

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Kochi: Government staffs should not be compelled to accept the salary challenge demanding contribution of one month’s salary to the Kerala rebuilding mission after flood, directed the High Court on Thursday.

The court criticizing the move to prepare a list of those who dissented to take up the salary challenge, also asked to ensure that the order of the chief secretary regarding the salary challenge is not violated.

‘If it is not a forced fund raising then why do they want a no-consent letter. The government should file a detailed affidavit in this regard on Tuesday,’ the court asked.

The High Court was considering a petition against salary challenge which alleged that the government compelled the staff to contribute their salary.

The government had directed that those who are not willing to join the salary challenge should file a no-consent letter.

Many people including the opposition parties had raised strong criticism against this move. As per the available statistics, only 60 percent of the total employees have contributed their one month’s salary. It is assumed that 40 percent of the staff have expressed dissent to the challenge.

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