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West Bengal to implement 4% DA hike for state govt employees from April instead of May

The West Bengal government will implement the four per cent hike in dearness allowance (DA) by upto four per cent for state government employees from April onwards, instead of May. The announcement in DA hike was earlier said to be implemented from May. The government notification in this regard was released today. The order came into effect from April 1, 2024.

In a letter dated June 11, Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of West Bengal Dr Manoj Pant on Tuesday, June 11, said that the state Governor CV Ananda Bose ‘’was pleased to enhance of the rate of DA and dearness relief (DR)”.

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In the letter, Dr Manoj Pant said, “The Governor has been pleased to decide that enhancement of rate of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief in respect of the employees and Pensioners / Family Pensioners respectively of the State Government and Government aided Educational Institutions, Statutory Bodies, Government Undertakings, Panchayats including Panchayat Karmee, Municipal Corporations / Municipalities, Local Bodies etc. and Daily Rate of Wages for the daily rated workers as was allowed vide in Finance Department Memorandum No.1090-F(P2) dated March 1, 2024, shall be effective from April 1 instead of May 1.”

In a separate announcement, the Sikkim government today also approved a proposal to hike DA by four per cent for its employees and pensioners with retrospective effect from July 1, 2023. Officials said that the decision was taken during the first cabinet meeting of the second Sikkim Krantikari Morcha government on Monday evening.

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The meeting was presided over by Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang. With the four per cent hike, the DA for government employees and pensioners has gone up to 46 per cent, according to officials. The increase in DA will have an impact of 174.6 crore on the state exchequer in the current financial year, according to news agency PTI.

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Published: 11 Jun 2024, 04:40 PM IST

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