We all know how because of coronavirus economy is going in down fall and that’s why the salary issue is arising day by day. Now Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma did a press conference in Guwahati on Monday to discuss about the same where clearly said state does not have funds to pay May salary to employees and it wont be possible if they will not get financial support from outside. In his conference he made it very clear that how economy is falling everyday and that’s why after April they will only be able to pay the first week of may’s salary to employees not beyond that. “May is difficult for us and I don’t know how the treasury will operate. Still, we will be able to pay the salaries, but after May 7,” he also added. Mr Sarma clearly said “we do not get financial support outside our predictable resources of our state, then it will be difficult to pay the salaries,” and because of that they will not be able to pay salaries in June if the situation remains same.
Further talking about finical budget proposal he said that government will start working on that and will try to implement them from August to April next year. Further talking about GST and taxation structure to earn more revenues for state he said these kind of decisions can be taken by GST council only not by state government. “As a state, we can put taxes only on petrol, diesel and liquor. We may think about putting more taxes on fuel but without affecting the consumers. This can be done if the rates of the fuel decrease, thereby not affecting the consumer prices much,” Mr Sharma added. He also informed about his talk with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in which he said that he called her and informed about state’s financial condition on which she said that to take any decision on that she will be conducting a video conference with all states where they will discuss this issue.