Published On: Wed, Oct 21st, 2020

Centre notifies 30-Day ad-hoc bonus for its employees

New Delhi: Ahead of the festival season, the central government today notified an ad-hoc bonus of up to Rs 6,908 to all non-gazetted central government employees and personnel of the armed and para military forces.

Central government employees not covered by any productivity-linked bonus scheme will get ad-hoc bonus Rs 6,908.

The government has sanctioned grant of non-productivity linked bonus (ad-hoc bonus) equivalent to 30 days emoluments for the accounting year 2019-20 to the central government employees of Groups ‘C’, ‘D’ and all non-gazetted employees in Group ‘B’, who are not covered by any Productivity Linked Bonus Scheme, the Finance Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.7/24/2007-E.III(A) dated 21.10.2020 says.

The limit for bonus is Rs 6,908 according to the OM. The calculation ceiling for payment of ad-hoc Bonus under the order shall be monthly emoluments of Rs 7,000, the OM also said.

“The payment will also be admissible to the central Police and para-military personnel and personnel of armed forces,” it added.

Employees of the Union Territory Administration, which follows the central government pattern of emoluments and not covered by any other bonus or ex-gratia scheme would also be eligible for this ad-hoc bonus.

For employees in service for more than six months, the bonus would be calculated on a pro-rata basis of the number of months in service.

The ad-hoc bonus to be given to non-gazetted central government employees, which received cabinet approval on the same day, will benefit about 1.4 million staff and will cost the exchequer Rs 946 crore, a cabinet release said.

While the scheme was not applicable to part-time employees engaged on fixed terms, the casual labour that worked in central government offices for 206 days for each of the past three years from FY20 would be eligible for a monthly bonus of Rs 1,200, the memorandum said.

“The expenditure to be incurred on account of Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) is to be met from within the sanctioned budget provision of concerned Ministries/Departments for the current year,” it said.

For central government employees on deputation to state or UT governments, foreign services or public sector undertakings, the ad-hoc bonus would be paid by the borrowing institution depending on any existing incentive scheme, the ministry said.

Also, contract employees that are eligible for benefits like dearness allowance would be treated on par with casual labour in terms of applicability of the ad-hoc bonus scheme.

TST

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