State Government Current Affairs - 2020

COVID-19: Maharashtra and Telangana Government announce major salary cuts

On March 31, 2020, the Maharashtra and Telangana State Governments announced major salary cuts.

Highlights

The Maharashtra Government had cut 60% of salary from the Chief Minister and other members of Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council and other representatives of the local governing bodies. The Class A and Class B employees of the government are to take 50% of cut. There will be no salary cuts for Class D employees that includes office assistants and peons. So far Maharashtra has reported 225 COVID-19 infected cases and 10 deaths.

Telangana

The state of Telangana had also announced such salary cuts. The Telangana Government is to cut 75% of salary from the Chief Minister, members of legislative assembly and state ministers.

7th Pay Commission

The Seventh Pay commission revised the salaries of State Government employees. It increased the pay of contractual employees by 10%. It is not necessary that all the state government employees will receive equal hikes under the revision being made by pay commission.

Corona Virus: GoI brings hand sanitizers and masks under Essential Commodities Act

The Government of India recently brought hand sanitizers and masks under Essential Commodities Act. Till 30th June, 2020, these products are to remain under Essential Commodities Act. The GoI has brought these commodities under the act by amending Schedule of Essential Commodities Act, 1955.

Essential Commodities Act

According to the act, an essential commodity is a commodity that is specified under the Schedule of the act. The act empowers GoI to add or remove new commodities as when needed. So far items such as pulses, cereals, drugs, fertilizers, petroleum, edible oil, certain crops and petroleum products were included under essential commodities schedule. The act also prevents stocking of essential commodities. The State Governments have no rights add commodities to the list. However, they are empowered to conduct raids.

Significance

When the products are listed as essential products, their prices and supply shall be intervened by the government. By doing so, profiteering of the products during their high demand is prevented.