Chennai, Sep 24: Asserting that the ruling DMK was always for the welfare of the workers, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Wednesday, Sep 24 said employees of State-owned public sector units drawing more than Rs 10,000 as salary would be paid bonus and ex gratia like last year.
In a statement here, he denied reports in a section of the press that more than two lakh Group C and Group D workers in state-run PSUs, drawing more than Rs 10,000 as salary, would not be eligible for bonus this year.
Describing the reports as misleading, he said the government would relax the rules to ensure that there was no ceiling in respect of payment of bonus and ex gratia to Group C and Group D employees.
''Like last year, the government would hold talks with the State PSUs and its trade unions this year also and announce the quantum of bonus and ex gratia to employees drawing more than Rs 10,000 salary,'' he added.
Observing that the only bonus was paid in the first four years of the previous AIADMK regime, during which government employees were arrested en masse and stringent acts like TESMA were enacted scuttling the rights of the workforce, the Chief Minister said the AIADMK government had paid both bonus and ex gratia only for the year 2005-06.
''But during the last two years of DMK rule, employees of State-run PSUs were being given bonus and the ex gratia without fail,' he said, adding his government always stood in the forefront of protecting the interests of government employees and those working in PSUs and would continue to provide all concessions to them.
Mr Karunanidhi appealed to all those concerned to address this issue as the genuine demand of the government employees and workers and not on political lines.