A thunderstorm in Odisha has delayed salaries of over four lakh govt employees
Over four lakh Odisha government employees were left in a lurch after their salary got delayed due to a lightning strike during a thunderstorm.
The pinch of unpaid salaries is being felt largely by lower grade employees, Prabhat Debata, president of Cuttack district government employees association said in a report by Hindustan Times.
“We are yet to get the March salary. Class III and IV employees are facing a lot of difficulties while having to buy daily provisions,” said Debata.
The lightning during Nor’wester (a type of storm which is active during March-April in Bangladesh and adjacent regions; also known as Kal-baishakhi) crippled the Human Resources Management System (HRMS) servers which are vital for dispensing the salary.
HRMS houses the database and application software which execute the personnel transaction of government employees online. Usually, employees receive their salary at the end of the month or the first week of the next month directly in their bank accounts.
The lightning triggered the power failure and damaged the servers, state finance minister Shashi Bhushan Behera said.
“The strike caused a technical glitch in the system. As there is no manual system, employees have to wait till the system is made functional again. It would take a few days before the system is set right,” he explained.
The HRMS server is stationed in the Software Technology Park of India, Bhubaneswar. The Special Secretary of general administration department and in-charge of the HRMS, AK Meena informed that the system has been brought back to the order and it will start dispensing salaries soon.