Ahead of the budget session of the Tripura assembly, the Tripura government announced an additional five percent dearness allowance (DA) for its 209,000 employees and pension holders.
“Despite the state government’s financial crunch, it has released additional five percent of DA for the employees and pensioners,” Tapan Chakraborty, state Finance Minister said after a cabinet meeting chaired by Manik Sarkar, Tripura Chief Minister .
To provide the DA, the additional annual spending from the government treasury would be Rs.162.5 crore.
“Over 209,000 government employees and pensioners would get the new instalments of DA from this month,” the minister said.
Employees of public sector undertakings and autonomous bodies will also benefit from it.
Government employees and pensioners had long been demanding from the state government that their DA be equal to that of central government employees.
With this new instalment with effect from January, the DA of state government employees and pensioners rose to 79 percent, while central government employees are getting the dearness allowance at 119 percent.