Over 11 lakh Railway employees to get 78 days salary as bonus


New Delhi: In a major cabinet decision, the government has decided to give pay bonus of 78 days to over 11 lakh Railway employees for which the government will incur an expense of Rs 2024 crore.Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that this will be the sixth straight year in which the Railways staff will get a Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB).”11.52 lakh Railway employees will get 78 days wages as bonus. This is a reward for productivity,” Javdekar said.It may be noted that Railways was the first departmental undertaking of the government wherein the concept of Productivity Linked Bonus was introduced in the year 1979-80.The main consideration at that time was the important role of the Railways as an infrastructural support in the performance of the economy as a whole. In the overall context of Railway working, it was considered desirable to introduce the concept of PLB as against the concept of Bonus on the lines of ‘The Payment of Bonus Act – 1965’.