Authorities of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) are likely to face the wrath of elected representatives over the delay in disbursement of Diwali bonus to the 20,000-strong staff. Mayor Prashant Jagtap said, “I was shocked about the delay by the civic accounts department in disbursing the bonus to its staff. The civic administration has informed us that the delay has been caused due to a technical snag in the computerised system that maintains details of the accounts”
The accounts department of the civic body has assured that the issue would be resolved as soon as possible.
Former Deputy Mayor Ulhas Bagul said, “The Diwali festivities have already started but the civic staff is yet to receive their bonus. Any reasoning by the civic administration about the delay is unacceptable as it is a routine process and they should have been ready to disburse the bonus as soon as the approval was granted.”
“The class three and four category of PMC staff is dependent on the Diwali bonus to prepare for the festival. There was only one working day before the actual Diwali holiday, after which the PMC as well as the banks would remain closed,” he said. Bagul added, “If the PMC staff does not get the bonus money by Saturday, then they would get it only after Diwali as the banks would remain shut till Tuesday”.
The PMC gives its employees a Diwali bonus equivalent to one-month salary.
The municipal corporation and the employees’ union sign an agreement before the administrative approval to disburse the bonus amount.