Unpaid for 3 months, Haryana tourism staff demanded to generate 50% of salaries from “own sources”: The Tribune India

Pradeep Sharma

Tribune press service

Chandigarh, August 16

Without pay for three months, Haryana Tourism field staff have been asked to generate 50% of their salaries from their ‘own sources’ at a time when the hospitality industry is in the doldrums due to the Covid pandemic -19.

Blaming the current situation on the “financial crisis due to Covid-19”, an order from the accounting director of Haryana Tourism, asked the drawing and disbursement agents (DDO) that “they were expected to generate 50% of the salary from their own sources ”.

If 100% of the salary is to be paid to employees, the field staff should be able to generate half of the salary with a 50% contribution from headquarters. In the meantime, the DDOs and the counter in charge (receptionists) would only receive 25% of their salaries because the head office is not able to pay 50% of the salary.

Meanwhile, Suresh Nohra, chairman of Haryana Tourism Karamchari Sangh, demanded that the full salaries of field staff be released immediately as it was not possible for them to generate income as the hospitality industry was in shambles due to of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Subhash Lamba, chairman of Sarv Karamchari Sangh, has flailed the state government’s decision requiring employees to generate their own wages, calling it “illegal and unfair”.

However, the ordinance ensured that 100% of the salaries of certain categories for the months of May, June and July would be published soon. These include outsourced, contract staff, gardeners, sweepers and staff covered by budget support from infrastructure and horticultural services and employees transferred from one tourist complex to another.

Following the lockdown and other coronavirus-related restrictions since the end of March, 44 properties owned and managed by Haryana Tourism are suffering heavy losses. The majority of tourist resorts are currently used to house Corona warriors, including medical and paramedics.

Strong points

Haryana Tourism requires its field staff to generate salaries from “own sources”.

Haryana Tourism said he was not even able to pay 50% of the wages.

Employee unions are calling the decision “illegal and unfair”.

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