ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Quid Pro Quo

THE Union Cabinet's statement last month restoring the minimum bonus of 8.33 per cent is in some places quite modest about the decision. Thus the decision is seen as part of the process of fulfilling the Janata government's commitment to "right the wrongs and injustices that were perpetrated during the Emergency". The statement concedes that the demand for restoration of the minimum bonus to which workers were entitled before the Emergency "has come up as a natural consequence of the manner in which the bonus was taken away during the Emergency". The decisions to discontinue the impounding of additional dearness allowance under the compulsory deposit scheme and to bring back the minimum bonus of 8.33 per cent, like that directing the reinstatement of all employees whose services had been terminated for political reasons, are all admitted to be in the nature of rectification of wrongs done to the working class during the Emergency.

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