7th Pay Commission Big Update: DA Hike Announced For Govt Employees

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7th Pay Commission Big Update: In line with the Centre’s decision last month to raise dearness allowance (DA) by 4 percent for central government employees who are paid as per the 7th Pay Commission – a number of state governments also decided to raise the DA for their employees in the festive season. While Punjab announced salary hike on December 18, Meghalaya declared DA hike on December 20 and West Bengal became the latest state to announce a dearness allowance hike for the employees on December 21, 2023. Check how much salary will increase for the employees of these three states.

West Bengal Hikes DA by 4%

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced a 4% DA hike for the government employees from New Year’s Day. She made the announcement while speaking at the inauguration of the Kolkata Christmas Carnival 2023 at Allen Park in Park Street area of the city.

“I announce that all 14 lakh state government employees, teaching and non-teaching staff of all schools, colleges and universities, and employees of all statutory undertakings and parastatals and pensioners would be getting another instalment of 4 per cent DA from January 1, 2024,” Banerjee said.

Saying that the provision of DA is mandatory for the central government whereas it is “optional” for the state, Banerjee said that for the DA hike, her government would have to bear an additional expense of Rs 2,400 crore.

Meghalaya Hikes DA by 4%

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on December 20 announced the early release of December salary for 55,000 government employees and a hike of three per cent dearness allowance.

Merry Christmas to our team of 55,000 government employees! We are pleased to announce that December salaries are being released early. Further, DA hike of 3% has been approved,” Conrad wrote on X.

Meghalaya Hikes DA by 4%

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on December 20 announced the early release of December salary for 55,000 government employees and a hike of three per cent dearness allowance. “Merry Christmas to our team of 55,000 government employees! We are pleased to announce that December salaries are being released early. Further, DA hike of 3% has been approved,” Conrad wrote on X.

The chief minister also posted an office memorandum of the finance department in which the governor decided to approve the dearness relief for employees and pensioners from the current rate of 36 per cent to 39 per cent with effect from July 1.

Punjab Hikes DA by 4%

On December 18, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann announced a 4 per cent hike in dearness allowance of government employees with effect from the ongoing month. After the hike, the DA will increase to 38 per cent, Punjab State Ministerial Services Union (PSMSU) President Amrik Singh said.

A decision in this regard was taken following a meeting with the representatives of the PSMSU here. During the meeting, Mann discussed various demands of the employees.

Had a meeting with the representatives of Punjab State Ministerial Service Union today and discussed their issues in detail… Sharing the good news that we are going to give a new year gift to the employees… DA is increased by 4% which will be effective from 1st December 2023,” Mann said in a post on X.

The development comes as the state employees had been demanding implementation of the old pension scheme, release of pending 12 per cent DA and regularisation of contractual employees.

Assam raised DA by 4%

The Himanta Biswas Sarma-led Assam government, earlier this month, announced an increment in the DA paid to employees by 4 percent. This increases the total DA for the state government employees to 46 percent, from existing 42 percent. The hiked DA would come into effect from December 1.

Uttar Pradesh increases DA by 4%

The UP government on November 7 announced Diwali bonanza for its employees, as it hiked the DA by 4 percent. This takes the total quantum of DA to 46 percent from 42 percent.

Arunachal Pradesh hikes DA by 4%

On November 10, the Pema Khandu-led Arunachal Pradesh government announced a 4 percent jump in DA for employees and dearness relief (DR) for pensioners. This takes the overall DA and DR to 46 percent.

Chandigarh raises DA by 4%

The Chandigarh administration on November 7 announced a hike in DA for employees of the Union Territory (UT). The hike would come into effect from July 1, thereby making employees eligible for arrears payment.

In addition to the DA, the UT administration also cleared the rollout of non-productivity linked bonus (ad hoc bonus), which is equivalent to 30 days of emoluments, for non-gazetted employees in Group B category and eligible employees in Group C, reports said.

Chandigarh raises DA by 4%

The Chandigarh administration on November 7 announced a hike in DA for employees of the Union Territory (UT). The hike would come into effect from July 1, thereby making employees eligible for arrears payment.

In addition to the DA, the UT administration also cleared the rollout of non-productivity linked bonus (ad hoc bonus), which is equivalent to 30 days of emoluments, for non-gazetted employees in Group B category and eligible employees in Group C, reports said.

Karnataka increases DA by 3.75%

The Congress-ruled Karnataka government, in an order issued on October 21, increased the DA for state government employees by 3.75 percent. The announcement, which came ahead of Dussehra, took the overall DA component from 35 percent to 38.75 percent.

The Karnataka government had also noted that judicial officers, as well as lecturers on UGC/AICTE/ICAR scale, will get a 4 percent DA hike.

Tamil Nadu hikes DA by 4%

The Tamil Nadu government on November 8 announced a Diwali gift for its employees, as it decided to raise the DA from 42 percent to 46 percent. The 4 percent hike would come into effect from July 1, thereby making the employees eligible to receive the arrears for the period stretching from July 1 to October 31.

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