New Delhi: Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on Friday announced a 30-day Diwali bonus for its 14.02 lakh employees, a move which will cost the exchequer Rs 967.63 crore. Besides, the government also announced Dearness Allowance (DA) at enhanced rates with effect from July 1, 2018, incurring another burden of Rs 789.62 crore for the remaining eight months of the financial year, a government spokesman told news agency PTI. Also Read - 'Goondaraj in UP': Opposition Targets Yogi Government After 8 Policemen Killed in Kanpur

All government employees including daily wagers, local bodies and government-aided school staff would get the benefit. Also Read - Who is Vikas Dubey, UP's Most-Wanted Criminal Behind Killing of 8 Policemen in Kanpur?

He added that the state government has issued orders for disbursal of bonus for 30 days for the 2017-18 fiscal to employees. Like the previous years, 75 per cent of the bonus amount will be deposited in the PF account, he added. Also Read - Increased Testing, Early Hospitalisation Can Curb COVID-19 in Delhi-NCR: Home Minister Shah

This is not the first time the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a 30-day Diwali bonus. Last year as well, Rs 6,908 were given to eight lakh government employees as Diwali bonus, incurring an additional expenditure of Rs 967 crore on its exchequer.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had also announced Diwali bonus to the public sector unit (PSU) employees, benefiting 3.58 lakh employees across various departments and state government undertakings. Issuing a press release, the Chief Minister said a bonus of 8.33% and Ex-Gratia of 11.67% would be disbursed to the employees of Public Sector Units that made profits during the corresponding year.