The Left Government of Kerala is looking to raise 2500 crore rupees for coronavirus relief operations. The Government has urged employees to donate their salary of one month. The state has initiated this out as a Salary Challenge. The recommendation of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan approved at the cabinet meeting to introduce the salary challenge to overcome the hurdles of COVID-19.
During the 2018 megafloods, the Chief Minister made this same appeal and managed to collect 2000 crore rupees via voluntary donations made by the staff of Government. 5.9 lakh Government employees had participated in this challenge. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has donated Rs. 1 lakh, and all other Cabinet Ministers, along with their staffs, voluntarily joined by donating their salary of one month.
But Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and BJP state President K Surendran have objected the move of the Government to cut the salary of April month on any ground, and this will lead to financial stress.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan revealed that the financial situation of the state was moving to worse, and some tough decisions need to be taken to come over the financial crisis during COVID 19.