TN govt announces Pongal bonus for its employees, teachers

The Tamil Nadu government has announced Pongal bonus to its employees and teachers in the C and D ranks, temporary workers, local body staff and others.

According to an official order, C & D rank employees will get Rs 3,000 as Pongal bonus. Others will get Rs 1,000 as bonus, while pensioners get Rs 500.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government would give Rs 1,000 and a gift hamper to every family with a ration card for Pongal. The government “will distribute gift hampers containing raw rice, sugar, raisins, cashew nut, cardamom and sugarcane to all card holders to celebrate Pongal festival.”

Nearly two crore ration card holders in the state will benefit from the government’s generosity. Meanwhile, in the backdrop of recent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Monday asserted in the Tamil Nadu Assembly that the government was committed to protecting the interests of all citizens irrespective of their religion.

The main opposition DMK and its allies including the Congress, however, staged a walkout and boycotted his address amid slogans against the CAA.

In his customary address to the House, Purohit said the government was “firmly treading” the path laid by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and the focus was on the socio-economic growth of Tamil Nadu. DMK members led by M K Stalin walked out of the House.

The Governor said the Central Government should ensure the detailed project report for the Mekedatu project submitted by the Karnataka Government is rejected and returned. ‘The Karntaka government should be restrained from taking up any construction activity in the Cauvery basin of Karnataka without the prior cosent of Tamil Nadu,’ he added.

He also asked the Central Government to constitute a tribunal under the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 on the Pennaiyar dispute. “I compliment Palaniswami for his amicable approach on the Parambikulam Aliyar Project and related issues and his initiative to visit Thriuvananthapuram to hold talks with his Kerala counter-part,” he added.