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Thursday, October 10, 2019

State yet to release DA instalments


State yet to release DA instalments

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9

Even as the Centre announced an additional instalment of revised dearness allowance (DA) for its employees today, the state government is yet to release three instalments of the allowance to its employees.

Nearly 3.52-lakh state government employees and one lakh employees of the state public sector undertakings are awaiting 15 per cent DA due to them since January 2018. However, the state government is silent on whether DA instalments are to be given at all. Moreover, the state’s fiscal health continues to be precarious with the government, till August, being able to earn just 27.93 per cent of actual budget estimates (Rs 78,509.70 crore).

The total outgo towards salaries and pensions this year is Rs 37,853.89 crore. It is because of such a major outgo that even the Sixth Pay Commission of the state government is yet to see the light of day.

Meanwhile, employees associations have threatened to hold protest rallies in Mukerian (October 14) and Dakha (October 16) where bypolls are due on October 21.

An “unofficial” meeting of employees' representatives, led by Sukhchain Singh Khaira, with officials was held today in order to diffuse the situation. Khaira said they had been assured that their demand for the release of the dearness allowance would be met.

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