Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala state government employees will indeed have to donate one month's salary to the Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF). The finance department, in its order, says the employees have the option to donate in 10 instalments too. Exemption can be sought in writing.
The current month's total salary will be considered as one month's pay. This means the employees will have to contribute more than their take-home salaries as monthly deductions like provident fund share, repayment of housing or co-operative bank loan, insurance premium etc., are not exempted from the definition of one month's salary.
One relief offered to the employees is that the donation can also be made from the fourth instalment of the revised salary arrears that is due in October. If there's still more left to donate even after that deduction, the remaining amount can be donated at a single go or in 10 instalments. The earlier three instalments of the arrears were paid to the provident fund. If the fourth one as a whole is donated by employees, the government will get Rs 800 crore together.