Mumbai, Oct 13: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has clarified that it won’t pay the bonus to teachers of secondary schools, run by the civic body. A week ahead of Diwali, the BMC announced bonus for its employees, ranging from Rs 2,250 to Rs 14,500. However, the richest civic body in the country clarified teachers of its secondary schools won’t get Diwali bonus.

BMC Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and Secondary School Sena president Vishwanath Mahadeshwar approached the Commission of the civic body demanding Diwali bonus for secondary school teachers. They said those teachers are employees of the BMC and hence deserve Diwali bonus, reported Saamana. However, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta rejected their demand.

Miffed secondary school teachers said they won’t take any non-teaching responsibility given by the BMC from December if the civic body doesn’t pay heed to their demand of Diwali bonus. Earlier this week, BMC worker’s association had demanded 20 per cent of the salary as bonus amount.

There are 1.19 lakh BMC employees who will be given Diwali bonus. This year’s maximum bonus amount is Rs 1500 more than the last year’s, which was Rs 14,000, an official release said. The BMC has suffered a financial setback owing to the abolition of octroi after the roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).