Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 2:
It is raining sops in Odisha these days. On a day when most parts of the state experienced rains in the afternoon, the Odisha government decided to shower over six lakh government employees in the state with a welcome sop in the shape of a 10% hike in dearness allowance (DA).
Even more welcome for the government employees is the fact that the DA hike will be applicable with retrospective effect from January 1 this year. That would surely amount to a neat packet for everybody fortunate enough to be in the service of the government.
Only the other day, the government had decided to give medical reimbursement to all its staff at rates applicable under the Central Government Health Services (CGHS).
Clearly, there is never a better time for government employees than election eve, especially when an incumbent government is aiming for a fourth straight term.