The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has made special provision for an amount of Rs 80 crore, to pay Diwali bonus to its employees. Despite the financial situation of PMC being far from strong, it has decided to go ahead and pay the bonus, in appreciation of the hard work of the staff during the pandemic.
All staff working in various departments at the civic headquarters, ward offices, municipal schools, infrastructure offices, etc. will be paid bonus.
Meanwhile, in Puducherry, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy has announced a Diwali bonus of Rs 6,908 for non-gazetted group ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ staff, and a sum of Rs 1,200 as bonus to to full-time casual staff in government departments. This will mean an expenditure of Rs 18 crore for the state government and about 26,000 employees will benefit from the same.
In Mumbai, however, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) employees are not very happy and have demanded a higher bonus. Last year, the employees received Rs 15,000 as Diwali bonus, but this year they are seeking Rs 40,000 as bonus, considering the hard work they put in during the pandemic.
The revenue of BMC dropped by 40 per cent during the pandemic. It has managed to keep aside a budget of Rs 153.14 crore for the bonus. The workers are likely to received Rs 17,000 as bonus even though they are demanding just the double.