7th Pay Commission: Following the central government’s decision, several states across the country have also increased the dearness allowance for their employees.
Notably, states such as Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana are included in this list. Here, we provide you with information about the states that have raised the dearness allowance for their employees, following in the footsteps of the central government.
Increase in Dearness Allowance by Tamil Nadu Government
The government of Tamil Nadu has raised the Dearness Allowance (DA) for its employees, including teachers, pensioners, and family pensioners, by 4 percent under the 7th Pay Commission. Now, the employees’ DA has increased from 38 percent to 42 percent. These new rates will be effective from April 1, 2023. This decision will benefit around 1.6 million government employees, teachers, and pensioners in the state.
Increase in DA for Uttar Pradesh Government Employees
The Uttar Pradesh government has also increased the DA for its employees and Dearness Relief (DR) for its pensioners by 4 percent, starting from January 1, 2023. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently made this decision. However, the increased rates will be applicable from January 1, 2023. This rise in DA and DR will benefit approximately 1.635 million employees and 1.1 million pensioners in the state.
Increase in Dearness Allowance in Bihar too
In April of this year, the Bihar government announced a 4 percent increase in the DA for state employees and pensioners. The purpose of the Dearness Allowance (DA) is to help government employees cope with inflation, while Dearness Relief (DR) is provided to both employees and pensioners. The Central Government provides DR to pensioners.
DA increase in Himachal Pradesh, Assam, and Rajasthan
In April, the Himachal Pradesh government implemented a 3 percent DA hike. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that the government has raised the DA for employees by 4 percent. Additionally, the Rajasthan government has also increased the DA by 4 percent.
DA is revised every 6 months
At the central level, the government typically revises the rates of DA and DR every six months. It is calculated based on the basic salary to account for inflation. In March, the Central Government, led by Prime Minister Modi, increased the employees’ DA by 4 percent. Currently, central government employees receive 42 percent DA. This increase was applicable from January 1. The central government revises DA twice a year, in January and July.