In the run-up to the Pongal Festival, the Prime Minister of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin, increased the love money for state employees, teachers and pensioners from 17% to 31% with effect from January 1st.
The government also announced 3,000 yen as a pongal gift for Category C and D employees and 500 yen for retirees. Those on the special wage table will receive 1,000 yen, and those who were on the special wage table and received a special pension after retirement, including former village officials, received 500 yen. The measure will cost the treasury 169.56 billion.
An official statement said that despite the financial burden, the government made the decision for the benefit of the employees.
In one suo motu In a statement to the September 7 assembly, Stalin said that parental leave benefits for civil servants, teachers and retirees and others would be increased from January 1, 2022.
The teachers’ associations thanked the Prime Minister for the increase in the love money. The Professors Forum at the University of Madras called the decision “a welcome gesture to all government officials who have battled COVID-19 and survived the pandemic”.
The Anna University Teachers Association regretted that there had been no announcement of the waiver of the deserved vacation.
Fr. Patrick Raymond, General Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Graduate Teachers’ Federation, recalled the meetings of government officials and associations to ensure they received their contributions.
The decision was welcomed by 16 lakh teachers, government employees and retirees, he said.