The Chief Minister stressed that Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the economy at the national and state level and said Kerala has been hit badly as a consumer state.
"The state is going through a fiscal crisis as the tax collection revenue has fallen drastically and remittances from expatriates have also stopped since the outbreak of coronavirus. Expenses for healthcare services and food safety are unavoidable," he said.
"In this scenario, we need to mop up additional resources within the state. It is a matter of relief that people across all sections of our society have contributed to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF)," he added.
"Accordingly, the salary for six days every month will be deducted for the next five months. This would be applicable to employees of all state-owned enterprises, public sector undertakings, quasi-government organisations, universities, among others in the state. However, those earning less than Rs 20,000 a month will be exempted," Vijayan said.
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