New Delhi: Here comes a piece of good news for railway employees as the Union Cabinet on Wednesday announced wage of 78 days as a bonus for them ahead of the festive season. Over 11 lakh railway employees will receive this benefit.

“For 11 lakh Railways’ employees, this govt has consistently for last 6 years, been giving record bonus, equivalent to the wage of 78 days. This year also, 11,52,000 employees will get 78 days wage as bonus,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a press conference.

Not only this year, the Central government had last year also given the same amount as a bonus to railway employees.

“This is the reward for productivity,” the minister further added.

This is for the sixth consecutive year that productivity-linked bonus is being given to railway employees, news agency PTI said in a report.

The bonus is going to help over 11 lakh railway employees and would cost the government Rs 2,000 crore.

As per one official statement, the bonus from the government is meant for non-gazetted railway employees and it doesn’t include railway protection force. And railway protection special force.

The minister said that this acknowledgement will help the central government employees and will enhance their sense of inclusiveness and equity.