New Delhi: This year railway employees are probable to get 78-day wages as bones. A Senior Railway Ministry official has said: “The Railway Board has proposed 78-day wages as a productivity-linked bonus (PLB) for its employees for 2017-18 after detailed discussions with rail unions, and the proposal is likely to be approved by the Cabinet”.
After Cabinet approval, the government is a plan to announce the bonus in the next few days. It is said that the bonus for railwaymen assumes significance as five states are entering the electioneering phase while the general elections also round the corner.
Raghavaiah National Federation Of Indian Railwaymen General Secretary revealed “ Since the Railways has earned Rs 16,000 crore more than the last year’s earnings and transported a record 1,161 million tonnes of freight this time, we had demanded on 80-day bonus. But finally, we agreed on 78 days.”
Shiv Gopal Mishra All-India Railwaymen’s Federation General Secretary said “ The 78-day bonus will be announced next week as employees expect it during the festive season. It motivates the employees to improve the financial position of the public transporter.”
Before the Dussehra festival, PLB is paid to about 12.26 lakh railway employees each year excluding the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) personnel.