The West Bengal Government today announced a 10 per cent hike in Dearness Allowance for the state government employees with effect from January 1, 2016.
A notification issued by the state Finance Department today said the whole time state government employees drawing upto 80,000 salary would draw Dearness Allowances at the rate of 75 per cent with effect from January 1, 2016.
There would also be an adhoc increase in the existing wages of daily rated workers under the government with effect from January 1, 2016, the notification said.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the hike in September this year addressing a meeting of the Trinamool Congress affiliated West Bengal State Government Employees Federation.
However, she had said no arrears would be paid.
The state government had last time hiked DA by seven per cent on January 9, 2015.
With this decision, nearly seven lakh state government employees would be benefited, while the ten per cent hike in DA would cost the state exchequer around Rs 2,500 crore annually, state government officials said.
The state government already have set up the sixth pay commission for its employees.