Hyderabad: In a relief to government employees and pensioners, the Telangana government on Tuesday (June 23) decided to pay full salary for June in the wake of improvement in the state’s economy.

The government has been paying only a portion of the salaries and pension over the last three months due to the fall in revenue in the state since the lockdown was imposed to check the spread of the coronavirus.

“Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced that the state economy is getting better to some extent. The salaries of state government employees and pensioners will be paid in full for this month,” an official release said.

On March 30, the state government had announced a 75% cut in the salaries of the chief minister, state cabinet members, MLAs, and others besides a 60% cut in the salaries of IAS, IPS and other such Central service officers in view of the COVID-19 pandemic adversely impacting the state’s economic situation.

The cut was 10% for Class IV, outsourcing and contract employees and it was 50% for all categories of pensioners.

The Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee (JAC) thanked the chief minister for deciding to pay full salaries for June and appealed to him to repay the salaries deducted during the last three months soon.

Meanwhile, Telangana health minister Etala Rajendar mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP government at the Centre for its COVID-19 management as Telangana on Monday reported its highest-ever single day tally of 872 cases, as well as seven more deaths.

“Centre diverted a crucial sample-testing machine that Telangana state ordered from Germany, to Bengal,” the health minister said.