Panaji: The state government has warned of strict action against private companies and business firms that may deduct salaries of their employees or abandon them during the period of lockdown, which has been imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The government has also warned of tough action against
landlords, who may pressurise labourers or students to vacate rented rooms
during the lockdown period.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said that the
private companies should not deduct salaries of their employees or terminate
their services during the lockdown period. “Company or landlord violating the
law will be dealt with strict action under the Disaster Management Act,” he
The National Executive Committee (NEC) has directed all
employers, be it in the industry or shops and commercial establishments, to
provide payment to their workers at their workplaces on the due date, without
any deduction for the period the establishments are under closure during the
It has also directed the landlords of properties,
wherever the workers including migrants are living in rented accommodation,
that such landlords shall not demand rent for a period of one month. Any
disregard to the above guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act is a
criminal offence and violators shall be prosecuted under the relevant
provisions, the NEC has said.
The State Executive Committee, chaired by Chief Secretary
Parimal Rai, also said that any employer abandoning workers or any landlord
pressurising labourers or students to vacate premises or violating any of the
above directions shall be violating the above orders and liable for strict
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