Earlier this week, the Union cabinet approved the three per cent increase in dearness allowance (DA) and dearness relief (DR) taking it up to 31 per cent from 28 per cent. Following this, two more states have decided to increase the DA for their state government employees.
On October 21, the Rajasthan government also took the decision to hike the DA allowance by three per cent for its employees making it 31 per cent, ahead of Diwali. About eight lakh employees and officers of the Rajasthan government and about 4.10 lakh pensioners will be benefited from this move. The State will bear a cost of Rs 1,230 crore annually towards disbursing this bonus.
Moreover, the Rajasthan government also approved an ad-hoc bonus on Diwali to about six lakh employees of the state. This benefit will be available to state employees drawing salary in the pay matrix level-12 or Grade Pay-4800 and below, except state service officers (gazetted), according to a statement.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has approved an eight per cent hike in DA for state government employees. With this increment, Madhya Pradesh’s state government employees will now receive a DA of 20 per cent, which has increased from the earlier 12 per cent. The state government staff will receive these hikes along with the October salary in the month of November.