PIB Fact-Check verifies the authenticity of circular issued by Labour Ministry asking companies not to sack employees

A circular, claimed to be issued by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, asking companies not to sack their employees or cut salaries during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown has gone viral on social media platforms.

Updated: Apr 29, 2020 17:48 IST


Roselet Sheena Merli


PIB Fact-Check confirmed the Circular

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, social media is flooded with misinformation and fake news, many sought to know whether the circular is genuine. The PIB Fact Check has confirmed the veracity of the one such circular.

Authenticity of the Circular

A letter circulated by Joint Secretary Kalpana Rajsinghot on 20 March stated that "the Ministry of Labour and Employment advised all public and private employers to support their employees and workers." 

She further added that "The termination of an employee from the job or reduction in wages in this scenario would further deepen the crisis and will not only weaken the financial condition of the employee but also hamper their morale to combat their fight with this pandemic." 

The circular has gone viral on social media and caused a great deal about the authenticity of the information.

The PIB Fact Check addresses the issue and said the circular/letter was indeed issued by the Ministry of Labour and Employment. 

"A circular is doing rounds on social media projecting to be from @LabourMinistry. #PIBFactCheck: Found True! The Ministry has requested all chief secretaries to advise employers of all establishments to not terminate or reduce wages of their employees amid #Covid_19," read a tweet by the PIB Fact Check.