Tamil Nadu witnessed demonstrations by government employees and pensioners demanding an 11 per cent hike in dearness allowance with immediate effect.
The State government had imposed a freeze on DA starting January, 2020. It maintains that it will pay the revised DA only with effect from April 1, 2022. Meanwhile, the Central government has gone ahead and hiked DA to 28 per cent for its employees with effect from July 2021.
Therefore, now the Tamil Nadu All Government Departments Pensioners Association, Tamil Nadu Revenue Officers’ Association (TNROA) and Tamil Nadu Government Employees’ Association (TNGEA) are demanding an 11 per cent increase in DA immediately, saying that waiting till April 2022 will mean a huge loss for them.
The demonstrators also demand an increase in the Family Security Scheme assistance. While the Tamil Nadu government had increased the contribution of pensioners towards the Family Security Scheme from Rs 80 to Rs 150, effective July, the financial assistance offered to the surviving families of pensioners who die, has not been raised proportionately. The demand is that this assistance to the families be increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.
The pensioners’ association also demands an additional increment of 20 per cent for pensioners aged above 70 instead of 80.
The associations call DA their right, and feel that delaying the hike by eight months will amount to losing out on five DA increments.