Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 17:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today presented Dussehra gift to the state government employees in the form of a 6% increase in dearness allowance (DA). With the latest hike, the DA for government staff has now reached 119%.
The hike in DA approved by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will be applicable to all state government employees including the work charged and job contract employees , said an official release from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) here.
The hike in DA will come into force with retrospective effect from July 1 this year while the employees will get the hike in the DA in their salary from October.
The decision will benefit four lakh government employees, university staff, teachers of aided schools, college teaching and non-teaching staff, work charged and job contract employees, the release said.
It may be noted that state government employees are currently getting 113% DA on their basic pays which will go up to 119 % with this hike, the release added.