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7th Pay Commission Big News For Employees: STATE Hikes DA For Employees By 3 Per Cent- Details In side

7th Pay Commission Big News For Employees: STATE Hikes DA For Employees By 3 Per Cent- Details In side

7th Pay Commission: STATE Hikes DA For Employees By 3 Per Cent- Details Inside

The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government has raised the Dearness Allowance (DA) for government employees by 3 per cent. This comes days after the state government officials staged protests demanding the pending DA. The issue of pending DA was also raised in the parliament when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Saumitra Khan asserted that the employees of the West Bengal government are not getting their dearness allowance.

West Bengal Govt Announces 3% DA hike

State minister of finance (independent charge) for West Bengal Chandrima Bhattacharya on Wednesday presented a Rs 3.39-lakh crore Bengal budget for 2023-24. The biggest takeaway of the West Bengal Budget however was announcement of 3 percent hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) and West Bengal government’s extension of stamp duty rebate till 30 September 2023.

FM Bhattacharya said that DA for Bengal State government employees and retires will be hiked by 3 percent from March onwards.

Among other major announcements by CM Mamata Banerjee led Bengal government was allocation of Rs 350-cr startup fund to extend up to Rs 5 lakh each to young entrepreneurs.

The FM added that Bengal’s SGDP is projected to grow at 8.4 percent, industry at 7.8 per cent in 2022-23 fiscal. She also said that agricultural income tax on tea gardens for 2023-24 and 2024-25 will be waived. In order to boost last mile connectivity, FM Bhattacharya announced that 12,500-km of rural roads to be constructed at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore.

Centre Likely to Hike Dearness Allowance for Govt Employees by 4 per cent

The Modi government is likely to increase dearness allowance (DA) for its over one crore employees and pensioners by four percentage points to 42 per cent from existing 38 per cent as per the agreed formula for the purpose.

The dearness allowance for employees and pensioners are worked out on the basis of the latest Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) brought out by the Labour Bureau every month. The Labour Bureau is a wing of the Labour Ministry.

Talking to PTI, All India Railwaymen Federation, General Secretary, Shiva Gopal Mishra said, “The CPI-IW for December 2022 was released on January 31, 2023. The dearness allowance hike works out to be 4.23 per cent. But the government does not factor in hiking DA beyond decimal point. Thus DA is likely to be increased by four percentage points to 42 per cent.”

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