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Arunachal govt announces 11% hike in DA, DR for employees, pensioners

As per a senior government official here, the revised DA and DR benefits will extend to around 70,000 regular employees, including All India Service Officers, and 30,000 pensioners.

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Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has announced 11 per cent hike in dearness allowance (DA) and dearness relief (DR) for the State government employees and pensioners/family pensioners respectively, with effect from July 1 this year.

“The DA and DR payable to State government employees and State government pensioners/family pensioners shall be increased by 11 percent from existing rate of 17 percent to 28 percent with effect from July 1, 2021,” read an ‘office memorandum’ issued by Secretary
Finance Y R Ringu here on Monday.

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As per a senior government official here, the revised DA and DR benefits will extend to around 70,000 regular employees, including All India Service Officers, and 30,000 pensioners.

Meanwhile, the State government employees’ apex body, Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) on behalf of serving Government employees and pensioners conveyed its thankfulness to Government headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who also holds the Finance portfolio, for releasing the much awaited DA and DR despite facing financial hardships due to Covid pandemic.

The CoSAAP also appealed to the government to consider other pending genuine demands of the employees with special reference to house rent allowance (HRA) as per seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) rates etc.

“The CM has, on many occasions, assured to consider the employees genuine grievances in a phased manner. The rate of private house rents in capital city and district headquarters does not have control mechanism from the government authorities and as such, the rates charged by building owners are too exorbitant beyond the affords of government employees specially those low-paid staff. If HRA is considered, it would be a great relief for the employees who are facing the brunt of exorbitant rates of house rents,” said the CoSAAP.

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