Thiruvananthapuram: The state government on Wednesday sanctioned an Onam bonus of Rs 3,500 to employees with a monthly salary of up to Rs 22,000. The decision was taken at the weekly Cabinet meeting here. The goveremnt also raised the salary limit for granting bonus from Rs 18,000 to Rs 22,000.
The maximum limit for the bonus is up to Rs 3,500. Those employees who are not entitled to bonus would be given festival advance of Rs 2,400.
The Cabinet decided to enhance the limit of relief being provided through Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The Chief Minister will now be able to sanction Rs 3 lakh instead of existing Rs 1 lakh, revenue minister Rs 25,000 against Rs 5,000 and Collectors Rs 10,000 against existing Rs 2,000.
The salary and benefits of Kerala Water Authority (KWA) staff will be revised as per the recommendations of the 10th Pay Revision Commission. Five independent members have been appointed to the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIFB).
The members are former finance secretary Dr D. Babu Paul, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning Prof. C.P. Chandrashekhar, Professor of Economics and Finance IIM Kolkata Susheel Khanna, former regional director RBI Salim Gangadharan and former executive director of SEBI J.N. Gupta. Prof. D. Naryanan appointed director of Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT).
As part of Onam week celebrations, the stretch between Kawdiar and East Fort will be declared as festival zone from September 12 to 18. Eight new posts have been sanctioned for time bound completion of registration activities related to child welfare organisations as per the Juvenile Justice Act 2015. Cabinet decided to declare state highways and important district roads as "Highway" under the State Highway Act 1999, to ensure road safety. It decided to convey its protest to Centre against the import of cash crops....