Fact Check: Claims About Salary Reduction Of Govt Employees Are Misleading; Here’s The Truth

A screengrab of a newspaper clipping is doing rounds on social media claiming that from the next financial year there would be a reduction in salaries of government employees.

The Facebook caption read, “कर्मचारी सोच रहे थे किसान का मसला है, लेकिन कमाई करने वाला बचेगा कोई नहीं, धीरे धीरे सब का नम्बर आने वाला है”

(Translation: Employees were thinking about the issue of the farmer, But no one will earn money. Slowly everyone’s number is coming.)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be misleading.

With the help of keywords, we found a news report in Financial Express dated May 13, 2020, claiming that the Centre has clarified that they are not considering any proposal for any cut in salaries of the central government employees due to coronavirus pandemic.

Moreover, according to a Business Standard news report dated May 11, 2020, it was stated that the Finance Ministry denied reports about Centre’s plan to cut salaries of its employees as the economy crawls through the coronavirus pandemic.
On digging further, we found another news report by Economic Times dated December 8, 2020, claiming that a new wage rule of hike in India Inc’s cost will be impacted by April 2021.
According to the article, “By April 2021, salary slips, provident fund (PF) and gratuity components, take-home pay and even balance sheets of India Inc will be impacted, thanks to the government’s new compensation rules, which are part of the Code on Wages passed by Parliament last year. To be effective from the next financial year, the new definition of wages (that includes salaries of executives in the private sector) caps allowances at 50% of total compensation. That means basic pay (in government jobs, basic pay plus dearness allowance) will have to be 50% or more of total pay from April.”
However, we found a Tweet by PIB dated December 28, 2020, claiming that the salary of government employees will not be deducted. Truth is that Wages Bill, 2019 will not be applicable to the employees of Central and State Governments.

Hence, the social media post in question is misleading.

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