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7th Pay Commission: Govt Employees to Get 4% Hike in Dearness Allowance in May

The Haryana government on Thursday announced a 4 percent hike in dearness allowance (DA) for the state government employees, bringing cheers to lakhs of government employees, who are drawing their pay as per the seventh pay commission framework.

Shivangi Rai
The increased DR shall be paid with the pension/family pension of April 2023, and arrears for the months of January to March 2023, shall be paid in the month of May
The increased DR shall be paid with the pension/family pension of April 2023, and arrears for the months of January to March 2023, shall be paid in the month of May

The Finance Department of the Haryana Government said on Thursday that with the latest hike, the dearness allowance has been increased from the present rate of 38 percent to 42 percent of the basic pay, with effect from January 1, 2023.

The Haryana government said the increased DA will be paid with the payment of April and arrears for the months of January to March 2023, shall be paid in the month of May.

Dearness Relief Hiked for Retired Employees

In a separate order, as per the 7th pay commission framework, the finance department said that the state government has also augmented the dearness relief (DR) by 4 percent which is payable to the state government pensioners and family pensioners drawing their pension/family pension.

The order said the DR has been raised from the current rate of 38 percent to 42 percent of the basic pension/family pension with effect from January 1, 2023.

As per the order, increased DR shall be paid with the pension/family pension of April 2023, and arrears for the months of January to March 2023, shall be paid in the month of May.

Himachal Hikes Dearness Allowance by 3%

Prior to this, the Himachal Pradesh government announced a 3% hike in Dearness Allowance for state government employees. On the occasion of the 76th Himachal Day, this was announced by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu. The state government employees and pensioners will now receive a 34 percent DA, which was 31 percent earlier.

2.15 Lakhs Employees to be Benefitted in Himachal

Around 2.15 lakh employees and 1.90 lakh pensioners will be benefitted from the decision. It will also put an additional burden of approximately Rs 500 crores on the state’s exchequer, the state government said in a statement.

Recently, the development comes after the Centre enhanced the DA of central government employees and pensioners by 4% to 42% due from January 1, 2023. Primarily, the government had long been demanding to raise the DA amid high inflation and rising prices of food and fuel.

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