Diwali Bonus Approved for Central Government Employees
The Indian government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved Diwali bonuses for Group C and non-gazetted Group B rank officials, including paramilitary forces. The Finance Ministry has set the ceiling for computing non-productivity-linked bonuses (ad-hoc bonuses) at ₹7,000 for the fiscal year 2022–23.
A non-productivity-linked bonus equivalent to 30 days’ emoluments for the accounting year 2022–23 has been granted to central government employees in Group ‘C’ and all non-gazetted employees in Group ‘B’ who are not covered by any productivity-linked bonus scheme.
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Conditions for Disbursement
The government has laid down certain conditions for the disbursement of this bonus:
- Eligible employees must have been in service as of March 31, 2023, and have rendered at least six months of continuous service during the years 2022–23.
- The quantum of the non-PLB (non-productivity-linked bonus) will be calculated based on average emoluments or the calculation ceiling, whichever is lower.
- Casual laborers who have worked a minimum number of days are eligible for this non-PLB payment.
- All payments will be rounded off to the nearest rupee.
- The expenditure on this account will be debited to the respective object head.
- The expenditure for this ad-hoc bonus is to be met from within the sanctioned budget provision of concerned ministries or departments for the current year.
The announcement of Diwali bonuses for government employees is a traditional practice to boost the festive season and provide financial support to workers during the holiday season.