The Chief Minister , Jayalalithaa, on Wednesday announced the Pongal bonus for government employees and pensioners.

The initiative It will cost the exchequer Rs. 311.53 crore.

According to an official release issued on Wednesday, the government employees in ‘C’ and ‘D’ Groups will get bonus equal to 30 days’ salary with a ceiling of Rs 3,000 .

The employees belonging to the ‘A’ and ‘B’ categories , will receive a special bonus of Rs. 1,000. Pensioners, family pensioners and retired village officers will get Rs. 500 as Pongal gift.

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.

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.

Thanking the Chief Minister for the bonus despite the State’s financial constraints, the Tamil Nadu Government Officials Association (C & D Group) has said that about 12 lakh government employees would benefit.