New Delhi: Over 12.60 lakh non-gazetted
Railway employees will benefit from a decision by the Union
Cabinet today to give the highest ever Productivity Linked
Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days` wages to them this festival
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said the
Union Cabinet has accepted the proposal of the Ministry of
Railways for payment of PLB equivalent to 78 days` wages for
2010-11 for all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees.
The decision is likely to benefit 12.61 lakh non-gazetted
Railway employees, she said.
"The financial implication of payment of 78 days` PLB to
railway employees has been estimated at Rs 1,098.58 crore. The
wage calculation ceiling prescribed for payment of PLB to the
eligible non-gazetted railway employees is Rs 3,500 per
month," she told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
This will be the highest PLB payment ever to be made by
the Railways. Payment of PLB to eligible railway employees is
made each year before the Dusshera holidays.
"The decision of the Cabinet shall be implemented before
the holidays," Soni said.
Last year, the Railways had given 77-day bonus to as many
employees. Though there are a total of 13.26 lakh railway
employees, 1.26 lakh are not covered under the PLB.
"PLB is based on the productivity indices reflecting the
performance of the Railways and its payment is expected to
motivate the employees for working towards improving the same
in future," Soni said.