Panaji: Goa government employees have demanded that their salary for the current month be paid in cash rather than be deposited in bank accounts, considering the difficulties faced to withdraw money.
Goa Government Employees Association (GGEA), in a written communication to Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, said, "to make the withdrawal of money hassle-free the salary of all the government employees should be paid in cash".
However, GGEA president John Nazareth welcomed the Centre's decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
"Despite the problems faced by government employees, GGEA welcomes the move and wishes government success in the same, as we feel that the step taken is progressive and constructive
in improving the economy of the country in the longer run," he said.
Nazareth said since Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has made it clear that it will take some time to streamline the situation, we request government to avoid the payment of salary through banks via ECS system and instead pay the salary in cash for the month of November or until the process of withdrawal of money through ATMs become hassle-free.
"The request is made for payment of salary in cash as many government employees have reported that they have to stand in queue in the banks to withdraw their salary in parts which ultimately amounts to spending the time they would use in their offices to serve the public," he said.
"The non-presence of government employees to serve the people may result in public outcry and criticism," GGEA added.