A decision to this effect was taken at a special cabinet meeting, which was held in the Kerala capital on Wednesday. Similarly, those who were getting a salary of more than Rs 14,500 would get special Onam festival allowance of Rs 2200, an increase of Rs 200 from last year.
   
Besides this, regular employees will get Rs 10,000 as Onam advance. Part time and contingent employees would get Rs 2000 as festival allowance. Special festival allowances for categories other than regular family pensioners will get an amount of Rs 600.
    
The cabinet also decided to clear all the labour pension arrears and amount of Rs 90 crores have been sanctioned for the same. For paying Onam exgratia to the workers of those Public Sector Units which were under lockout now and coir workers, an amount of Rs 2.25 crore has been earmakred.
    
Cabinet also sanctioned an amount of Rs 90 crore to clear the arrears of compensation to be paid to farmers affected in rain related incidents from 2011 to 2013. An amount of Rs 50 crore has been sanctioned for KSRTC to give allowance during festival season, an official release said.

(Agencies)

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