Haryana increases DA by 6 per cent

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Chandigarh, Mar 31 (UNI) Haryana Finance Minister Birender Singh today announced to enhance the rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) payable to the state government employees from existing 41 per cent to 47 per cent of the pay with effect from January 1, 2008 on the pattern of the central government employees.

The Finance Minister said that the arrears on account of the enhancement made in DA would be paid in cash.

Mr Birender Singh pointed out that grant of DA would put additional liability of Rs 210 crore on state exchequer during the 14 months period that is from January 2008 to February 2009 and Rs 180 crore during the following financial year.

The Finance Minister said the state government had to bear liability of Rs 15 crore per month on granting of DA installments to its employees.

This enhancement in DA installments would benefit about 2.74 lakh employees of the state, he added.

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