- The information was confirmed by Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Sushanta Chowdhury
- The decision was made in the wake of upcoming assembly elections in Tripura
- The DA of state government employees has risen from 3% of their basic pay to 8%
DA hike: A proposal for a 5 per cent hike in dearness allowance with effect from July 1 has been cleared by the cabinet of Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha. The hike in dearness allowance has been cleared for state government employees and pensioners, Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Sushanta Chowdhury said.
The decision was made in the wake of upcoming assembly elections in the northeastern state in March next year.
"The council of ministers has approved a proposal for providing 5 per cent DA to its employees despite resource constraints. The government will have to bear an additional annual burden of Rs 523.80 crore," Chowdhury told reporters on Tuesday night.
A total of 1,88,494 people, including 1,04,683 regular employees and 80,855 pensioners will be benefited.
With this decision, the DA of state government employees has risen from three per cent of their basic pay to eight per cent. But the central government employees are receiving 34 per cent of basic pay as DA and the gap between the central and state government employees remains at 26 per cent.
Tripura Government Employees' Federation (TGEF) welcomed the decision.
"We welcome the decision of the government to hike DA by 5 per cent but the gap with the central government employees is still too high. We hope the state government will reduce it," TGEF secretary general Samar Roy said.
Chowdhury also said that 200 engineers would be recruited in the Public Works Department through Tripura Public Service Commission.
Engineering students passing out from Civil, Mechanical and Electrical disciplines will be eligible, he said.
Altogether 100 staff nurses, 22 pharmacists and 39 laboratory assistants will also be recruited in the Health Department shortly, the minister added.
(With inputs from PTI)