Shillong, May 27 : Former Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Charles Pyngrope on Wednesday donated 50 per cent of his monthly salary for the next one year to help the government in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic “… It is my wish that your esteemed be instructed to deduct 50 per cent of my monthly salary to place at the disposal of the government. This deduction may take effect from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021,” the Congress legislator stated in a letter to Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh. “At this juncture, you are aware that the efforts our government is putting in place will need all the necessary help and assistance to deal with the present situation we have all been experiencing,” Pyngrope added.
In fact, all 60 Meghalaya legislators had agreed to part with 10 per cent of their salary for a year (April 2020 to March 2021), which would go to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. However, the former Assembly Speaker said that the 10 per cent salary cut for legislators was not much, as only Rs 6000 was deducted from his monthly salary. In the just-concluded reassembled budget session, Pyngrope had suggested that the salary of grade-II, III and IV employees be restored and their salary should not be cut. On the other hand, the Meghalaya government on Wednesday decided not to enforce deferment of salaries of government employees for the month of May since there is some stability in the central shares released by the central government for the month April and May. (UNI)