For the sixth year in a row, employees of the Indian Railways, will receive productivity-linked bonus (PLB), which will amount to 78 days’ salary.
The bonus is aimed to motivate the employees and ensure high-level of performance, and will cost the Government about Rs 2,024 crore. It is hoped that this bonus will ensure a sense of inclusiveness among the employees, boost their morale and spread a sense of equality in the workforce.
Only non-gazetted railway employees will receive the bonus. The staff of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) are not eligible for the same.
In the previous financial year too, the employees were given a similar bonus.
According to the finance minister, this gesture acknowledges the contribution of the employees towards the smooth and efficient operations of the Railway.
However, railway unions are not satisfied with the PLB. Given the hard work put in by the employees, irrespective of weather conditions, they were expecting a better PLB.
In a letter to the chairman of the Railway Board, the general secretary of the All India Railwaymen’s Federation has pointed out that, while the Cabinet approval for the bonus is appreciated, the employees were disappointed at not getting a better PLB, taking into account their productivity and performance last year. They have requested the Railway Ministry for a more suitable compensation.