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Opposition stages walk-out over salary revision

Posted on Dec 22, 08:26AM | UNI

The Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) today staged a walk-out from the state Assembly in protest against the government's denial to discuss the recommendations by Kerala Public Expenditure Review Committee over salary revision of Government employees once in ten years.

Seeking the leave of the House to move an adjournment motion in this regard, former minister S Sarma said the Committee recommended the revision of salary and pension of State-Government employees once in ten years, outsourcing of subsidiary activities and stop allotting new courses in aided sector as part of reducing expenditure.

Mr Sarma also alleged that the government was planning to change the current policy of revising the salary revision of employees once in five years.

He also alleged that the government recently decided to introduce contributory pension scheme against its earlier assurance that it would not switch over from statutory defined pension scheme to contributory scheme.

In his reply, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy clarified that the government would not accept all the recommendations by the Review Committee. A report for the year 2011-12 was tabled in the state Assembly yesterday, he added.

The Committee recommended changes in the fiscal policy and priorities in public spending to address the four items.

The mounting expenditure was due to the salary and pension revisions in every five years, the Committee observed.

Finance Minister K M Mani said. "The recommendations of the Committee was not based on the Government policy in this regard." As Speaker G Karthikeyan denied the permission to move the adjournment motion, the Opposition staged the walk-out.