In the spirit of Diwali, the Uttarakhand government has delivered a generous gift to its employees, announcing the distribution of Diwali bonuses. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, through his official ‘X’ (formerly Twitter) account, shared the news of ad-hoc bonuses for non-gazetted employees belonging to Groups C, D, and B.
The Chief Minister’s office conveyed the message, “Chief Minister Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami has bestowed the gift of Diwali bonuses upon the state employees. The Chief Minister has instructed the provision of ad-hoc bonuses to all non-gazetted employees in Groups C, D, and Group B.”
This announcement extends its benefits to approximately 1.30 lakh state employees with a grade pay of up to Rs 4800. Each eligible employee will find an additional Rs 7,000 credited to their accounts as an ad-hoc bonus. This decision received the approval of CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, and the order was issued by Additional Secretary – Finance Secretary Ganga Prasad on a Friday evening.
Eligible beneficiaries include non-gazetted state employees, work-charged personnel in government departments, employees in aided educational and technical educational institutions, local bodies, and district panchayats. Furthermore, casual and daily wage employees will also share in this bonus.
The news was met with enthusiasm and gratitude from state employees, as they expressed their appreciation for the government’s understanding of people’s sentiments and its thoughtful Diwali gift.
Eligibility and Exclusions:
The Diwali bonus will be granted to employees up to a grade pay of Rs 4800, provided they were in service on March 31, 2023, and have maintained at least six months of continuous and satisfactory service until that date. Based on a service period of thirty days, they are eligible to receive a maximum bonus of up to seven thousand rupees. Daily wage employees who have worked for at least 250 days annually for three years or more, along with those working for a minimum of 206 days each year in departments with a five-day workweek, will also be eligible. Their bonus may reach up to Rs 1184.
However, certain exclusions apply. Employees under departmental disciplinary proceedings or facing pending criminal cases will not receive the bonus until they are acquitted. Similarly, employees who have faced disciplinary action or criminal charges will not be eligible. Ad-hoc bonuses are not applicable to employees who have been suspended for any period within the financial year. They become eligible for the bonus only after reinstatement.