Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday announced Pongal bonus for government employees, a measure that will cost the government Rs. 264 crore.

A government press release stated that C and D group employees will get bonus equivalent to 30 days' salary subject to a ceiling of Rs. 3,000.

A and B group employees will get Rs. 1,000 as special bonus. Pensioners, family pensioners and former village officers will get Rs. 500.

Full-time and part-time employees, who have completed 240 days in service and are getting monthly salary, employees on consolidated payment, anganwadi workers, mini anganwadi workers, village assistants, employees on special time scale of pay, panchayat assistants, social workers, contract workers, daily wagers, daily wagers who later became permanent employees will also get Rs. 1,000.

Employees of local bodies, teachers and employees of government-aided schools and colleges, employees whose services coming under the rules of the University Grants Commission, AICTE, All India Agricultural Research and All India Services are eligible for bonus.