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BMC workers demand hike in bonus; CM Thackeray to discuss matter

The union held a meeting with the BMC Commissioner earlier who said that bonus up to ₹20,000 could be given to the workers.

BMC workers demand hike in bonus; CM Thackeray to discuss matter
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) employees have demanded that they should be given ₹40,000 as Diwali bonus as they have worked hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, the BMC gave ₹15,000 as a bonus for Diwali. 

The BMC employees’ union including Mumbai Mahanagarpalika Karyalayeen Karmchari Sanghatana have demanded that the employees should be given ₹40,000 as Diwali bonus for the financial year 2019-20. 

This comes as the BMC’s revenue come down by 40 per cent amid the coronavirus pandemic. The union held a meeting with the BMC Commissioner earlier who said that bonus up to ₹20,000 could be given to the workers. Chahal is yet to discuss the matter with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. 

Ramakant Bane, the general secretary of the union, has written a letter to BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal and Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar demanding that the workers should be given a bonus of 20 per cent of the total income. 

“The coronavirus outbreak in Mumbai started in March and since then, the Municipal employees from all departments have worked hard and provided uninterrupted services. They should be given a bonus of 20 per cent of the total income for the financial year 2019-20,” Bane wrote. 

However, the BMC has made a provision of ₹153.14 crores in the civic budget for the bonus. This means that the workers will get ₹17,000 as Diwali bonus despite demands from the unions for doubling the same. 

Earlier, the BMC Municipal Engineers Association has opposed the move saying that it would be difficult for the civic body to pay even monthly salaries. 

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