"The bonus entitlement for 2014-15 and 2015-16 will be released on the revised norms for central government employees. This was pending for two years. After this, the bonus will be covered under the 7th Pay Commission," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters.

The Bonus Amendment Act will be implemented strictly, Jaitley said at the press conference on charter of demands of Central Trade Unions. The conference was also attended by Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Power Minister Piyush Goyal.

As a measure to dissuade trade unions from going on strike on September 2, the government has also decided to raise the daily minimum wage for unskilled non-agricultural workers for 'C' category areas to Rs 350 from the earlier Rs 112.

Further, Jaitley said the government will write to all states regarding compliance of contract workers law. The registration of the contract workers and their staffing agencies is mandatory as per law and states will be advised to strictly implement the same. The issue of giving social security benefit to the unorganised sector (e.g., Anganwadi, Mid-day meal, Asha, Volunteers etc.) will be examined by a committee which will give its report at the earliest, Jaitley said.

Advisories will be issued to all the state governments to ensure that registration of trade unions takes place within 45 days.

Jaitley also allayed fears of the public sector bank employees who are opposing the merger of State Bank of India with associate banks, saying that the merger will not affect the service conditions of bank workers.

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