After Uttar Pradesh, now Uttarakhand also hikes DA

The increment in dearness allowance has been announced ahead of the polls in the state

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Ahead of the polls, the Uttrakhand government has increased the dearness allowance (DA) of state government employees by three per cent. With this, the total DA has now increased from 28 per cent to 31 per cent. A total of 2.5 lakh pensioners will benefit from this decision. The government spokesperson, Subodh Uniyal announced this decision which was taken by the cabinet in a meeting. The state government also announced the distribution of tablets to class 11 and 12 employees which will take the total cost to government to Rs 190 crore.

In a very recent event, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, also announced a three per cent hike in DA for employees in UP, which will impact about 16 lakh employees and pensioners. In UP, the hike will be effective from July 21, 2021 and arrears will be deposited in the employees’ provident fund.

After the Central government announced a DA hike of three per cent, during Diwali, taking it to 31 per cent in October, many states have followed suit. Rajasthan also announced a DA hike of three per cent making it 31 per cent, almost impacting 4.18 lakh employees and pensioners in the state. The state will have to bear a cost of Rs 1230 crore to implement this. Madhya Pradesh also announced a DA hike taking it to 20 per cent.

The Central government’s DA hike benefitted over 40 lakh employees and 27 lakh retirees.

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