Tamil Nadu CM boards a local vehicle, interacts with commuters

Tamil Nadu CM boards a local vehicle, interacts with commuters

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin boarded a local vehicle on Saturday stunning the commuters and had a brief interaction with the passengers.

The chief minister was on his way to a vaccination camp, held as part of the sixth mega Covid-19 inoculation drive across the state, at Kannagi Nagar when he boarded the “M-19 b Kannagi Nagar-T Nagar” service, much to the delight of the passengers.

He mainly interacted with the women about the government’s free bus travel scheme for them, an official said.

Later, in a tweet, Mr Stalin said “the joy on the women’s face spread to me as well while taking up the review in the city bus.”

Recently, CM MK Stalin had announced a Rs 216.38 crore bonus (8.33 percent bonus and 1.67 percent ex-gratia) to 2,87,250 employees of state Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) for the year 2020-21.

“Workers and employees in the C and D categories working with profit-making as well as loss-making PSUs will get a bonus of up to 10 percent. Permanent employees will get Rs 8,400,” an official release here said.

“As per the amended Payment of Bonus Act, 2015, the eligibility ceiling for C and D division workers has been hiked to Rs 21,000. Besides, for determining bonuses, the monthly salary ceiling has also been hiked to Rs 7,000,” an official release here said.

The release recalled that the economic growth of the state was severely affected due to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the second wave had further affected the financial position of the state government.

The state-owned transport corporations, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation, Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation and Tamil Nadu Tea Plantation Corporation Ltd were badly hit. All commercial activities of state PSUs have been affected severely.

Despite these difficulties, considering the welfare of the families of these employees, they have been paid full salary. This year, to help the employees of the PSUs in celebrating Deepavali, a bonus and ex-gratia for the year 2020-21 are being given, the release added.

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