DA hike: The Uttarakhand government on Monday announced a four percent increase in the Dearness Allowance (DA) for the state government employees and pensioners. Reports said the dearness allowance in Uttarakhand will now rise from 38 percent to 42 percent.
A tweet shared by the Chief Minister’s Office on Monday, said that this hike in DA will benefit over three lakh government employees and pensioners. The Uttarakhand cabinet had authorised Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami to decide on increasing the DA of the personnel.
CM approves hike in DA
“CM Dhami has given the approval to increase the Dearness Allowance (DA) of state government employees and pensioners by 4 per cent,” according to a statement.
“With the increased DA, more than three lakh government employees and pensioners will get the benefit of a dearness allowance. After the issuance of the mandate, dearness allowance will now increase from 38 per cent to 42 per cent in Uttarakhand,” it stated.
Cost-of-living adjustment allowance
The Dearness Allowance (DA) is the cost-of-living adjustment allowance which the government pays to the employees of the public sector as well as pensioners of the same. On the other hand, dearness relief (DR) is the same as allowance and is given to central government pensioners.
At central level, government usually revises the DA/DR rate every six months. This is done to compensate for the loss in purchasing power of the monthly salary/pension wealth due to inflation. In line with this, the state government announces bi-annual hike in DA and DR, usually in January and July.
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