Ad hoc Bonus: On Tuesday, October 17, the Central Government announced that it would be awarding Non-Productivity Linked Bonuses, often known as Ad-hoc Bonuses, to Central Government Employees for the fiscal year 2022–2023. All Central Government employees in Groups ‘C’ and ‘B’ who are not covered by any Productivity Linked incentive Schemes are eligible to receive this incentive, according to the office order issued by the Ministry of Finance’s Department of Expenditure.
Central Government Ad-hoc Bonus for Fiscal Year 2022-2023
According to the decree, for the fiscal year 2022–2023, the bonus for Central Government personnel will be equal to 30 days’ worth of pay. The order stated, “The undersigned is directed to convey the sanction of the President to the grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) equivalent to 30 days emoluments for the accounting year 2022-23 to the Central Government employees in Group ‘C’ and all non-gazetted employees in Group ‘B’, who are not covered by any Productivity Linked Bonus Scheme.”
Calculating Ad-hoc Bonuses
The monthly emoluments ceiling for Ad-hoc Bonus payment under these guidelines shall be Rs 7000. The average emoluments/calculation ceiling, whichever is smaller, shall be used to determine how much Non-PLB or ad-hoc bonus will be paid to the employees. The average annual salary will be divided by 30.4 (the average number of days in a month) to determine Non-PLB or ad-hoc bonus for one day. The amount will then be multiplied by the total number of bonus days awarded.
Armed Forces, Central Paramilitary, and Union Territory Workers Included
According to the directive, qualified members of the Armed Forces and Central Paramilitary Forces would also be entitled for the payment of an ad-hoc bonus under these orders. The ruling further said that Union Territory Administration workers who follow the Central Government pattern of emoluments and are not covered by any other bonus or ex-gratia programme have been granted non-productivity linked bonuses.
Conditions for Receiving Non-Productivity Linked Bonuses
According to the ruling, the following rules and circumstances must be met in order for the benefit of a non-productivity linked bonus or ad-hoc bonus to be admissible:
- Only workers who were still employed as of March 31, 2023, and who had logged at least six months of uninterrupted service throughout the fiscal year 2022–2023, will be eligible for the incentive. For periods of continuous service during the year from six months to a full year, eligible employees will be eligible for pro-rata payment (based on months worked). Additionally, the employee’s service record will be used to determine the eligibility period, which will be measured in months (rounded up to the nearest number of months).
- For this Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) payment, casual labor/workers who have worked in offices that follow a 6-day workweek for at least 240 days each year for three years or more—or 206 days per year for three years or more—will also be eligible.
- The Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) payment will be in the amount of Rs 1200 multiplied by 30/0.4 to get Rs 1184.21 (rounded to Rs 1184). The amount shall be based on real monthly emoluments in circumstances where they are less than Rs 1200 per month.