New Delhi: Even as India is heaping praise on the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the (partial) success of its Chandrayaan 2 mission, scientists at the space agency are reportedly protesting a reduction in salary, Indian media reported.
According to Indian media, a June 12 order withdrew the motivational and promotional grants provided by a 1996 decision that approved of double hikes in salaries.
The Supreme Court had issued the order two decades ago to encourage scientists to join ISRO’s ranks and to motivate those already in the employ of the space agency.
The June 12 order came just about a month before the launch of the Chandrayaan 2 mission – which was pushed from the initial July 15 launch date after scientists discovered a glitch at the 56th minute before launch.
The order came into force on July 1 and has resulted in over 90% of the workforce of ISRO losing up to Rs 10,000 a month.
Scientists at the space agency haven’t taken too kindly to the move. Saying they are entirely dependant on the salaries they receive and have no other means of earning money to support their families.
The Space Engineers Association (SEA), a union within ISRO, penned an appeal to ISRO chairman K. Sivan at the end of July to help petition the government to withdraw its recent decision.