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Cellphone allowance to Punjab govt staff cut by 50%

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Tribune News Service

Faridkot, July 27

In order to cut expenditure in the backdrop of cash crunch, the government today reduced cellphone allowance of 3.15 lakh employees between 50 per cent and 40 per cent.

The Finance Department has cut the monthly cellphone allowance of Group 'A' employees from Rs 500 to Rs 250. For Group 'B' employees, the allowance has been reduced from Rs 300 per month to Rs 175. For Group 'C' and 'D' staff, the allowance has been trimmed down from Rs 250 to Rs 150 per month.

The new cellphone allowance package will be implemented from August 1. In October 2011, the state government had fixed cellphone allowance of 3.15 lakh employees, which used to cost around Rs 101 crore to the state exchequer.

Prem Chawla, senior vice-president, Government School Teachers' Union, said: "At a time when the state government is pressing schoolteachers and other employees to teach online and provide virtual services, the reduction in cellphone allowance is contrary to its position."

A senior official of the Finance Department said, "Cellphone tariffs have reduced drastically in the past three to four years. Many companies are offering voice call facility along with data and SMS service in a monthly pack ranging from Rs 200 to Rs 250 per month."

In the past five years, the department has not revised the allowance, but as the state battles cash crunch, it's important to save every single penny, said the official.

Cost-cutting

  • The new cellphone allowance package will be implemented from August 1
  • The monthly allowance of Group 'A' employees has been reduced from Rs500 to Rs250
  • For Group 'B' employees, the allowance has been reduced from Rs300 per month to Rs175
  • For Group 'C' and 'D' staff, the allowance has been trimmed down from Rs250 to Rs150 per month


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