Itanagar, Oct 31: The Arunachal Pradesh government will release the pending DA/DR at six per cent from 1st January this year to all the state government employees before Diwali, Finance Minister Kalikho Pul informed in a comminique today.
The government has also decided to pay bonus to only the contingency and casual employees.
The Confederation of the Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (COSAAP) officer bearers had earlier appraised Mr Pul of their grievances regarding DA and bonus in view of the rising prices of essential commodities and the hardships faced by the government employees.
This was followed by the finance minister holding three rounds of discussion with the association members.
The government under the leadership of Dorjee Khandu is fully sympathetic to the welfare of the government employees, Mr Pul said, adding that the delay in payment of DA/DR etc was caused by the state's resource constraints.
He explained that neither the Central government provided the required amount to the state, nor did the state government have enough ready resources to release instantly whenever the Centre announced a dose of DA.
''The state explores the resources and locates fund for payment.
Hence, it has to take time,'' Mr Pul said.
He said the decision to pay bonus to only the contingency and casual labourers was arrived at after negotiation with the COSAAP and convincing them about the resource position.
A regular government employee with the lowest scale gets salary of about Rs 70,000 - 80,000 per annum, including DA, DR, compensatory allowances etc. Over and above an employee gets free accommodation, medical reimbursement, LTC, TA/DA on tour etc. But a contingency paid or casual employee hardly gets about Rs 14,000 - Rs 15,000 per annum as wages.
Responding to the COSAAP's submission regarding the segregation of the All India and the State Government employees in respect of release of DA, Mr Pul said the state government had decided that henceforth the release of DA/DR etc. would be made for both state and central cadre employees vide the same and single order.
The government has meanwhile assured that the release of remaining six per cent of the pending DA would be considered as soon as the financial position improves, adding that the employees must ensure their duties and responsibilities while demanding the fulfillment of the rights.