Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday announced Pongal bonus for government employees and pensioners. It will cost the exchequer Rs. 277 crore.

According to an official release, Government servants in ‘C' and `D' Groups will get bonus equal to 30 days salary with an upper limit of Rs 3,000 and ‘A' and `B' category employees a special bonus of Rs. 1,000. Pensioners and family pensioners will get Rs. 500 as Pongal gift. Considering the long-pending demand of retired village officers, the Chief Minister has ordered Rs. 500 as Pongal gift from this year.

A special pay of Rs. 1,000 will be given to those who had worked for 240 days or more in a financial year and were getting a monthly pay, including those working full time, part time or on a consolidated pay, such as anganwadi workers and village assistants. Moreover, teaching and non-teaching staff in government-aided educational institutions and those run by local bodies and those coming under UGC/AICTE /ICAR salary scales and All India Service Rules were also eligible for the bonus, the release said.

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