Guwahati: Assam finance and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma yesterday announced that the state Government employees will receive their full salaries for the month of June on 1st July.
"I am pleased to share that the complete salary of Assam Government employees for June will be released on 1st July. Despite the apparent challenges and financial constraints, we're trying our best to ensure the least problems for all. We highly value your patience and understanding", Sarma tweeted.
At a time when the pandemic coronavirus and the resultant lockdown have crippled the economies of the nations, this will come as a relief to many of the Government employees staring at uncertain times.
I am pleased to share that complete salary of Assam Government employees for June will be released on 1st July.— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) June 30, 2020
Despite the apparent challenges and financial constraints, we're trying our best to ensure least problems for all.
We highly value your patience & understanding.
However, time and again, the Assam Government has given hints that things are not as grim as they appear. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, for instance, in a tweet in May, claimed that the exported agri-products worth Rs 357 crore during the lockdown. This admission at a time during the lockdown when stories abound of farmers having to watch on as their crops rot away in the fields has no doubt boosted the morale of the agri-sector, one of the mainstays of the Assam economy.
Although Sarma himself had said during the onset of the pandemic that the Government would be hard-pressed to pay salaries if the pandemic situation continued, has said that the intervention of the Central Government will ease some of the load off the Assam Government's shoulders.
At the same time, it has been witnessed that private enterprises and companies have laid off a large chunk of their workforce owing to the lockdown. Taking these and many other facets of the equation into consideration, the Centre proclaimed that an "Unlock" is the need of the hour, but PM Modi himself chastised his countrymen for dropping their guard, which has given rise to yet another boom in COVID-19 cases since June 1.