J-K: Cabinet approves 11% DA hike in favour of employees, pensioners

| Updated: Jun 08, 2017 02:58 IST

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir),[India] June 7 (ANI): In a major financial relief for the Jammu and Kashmir Government employees and pensioners, the Government on Wednesday announced 11 percent hike in their dearness allowance. The State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti accorded approval to the release of DA installment at the rate of 7 percent of pay, with effect from July 2016 and at the rate of 4 percent with effect from January 2017, raising the total Dearness Allowance of the State Government employees from 125 percent to 132 percent with the effect from July 1, 2016 and 132 percent to 136 percent with the effect from January 2017. Hailing the present government for timely release of DA, the state government employees said it is for the first time that the DA is being released by the Government without the employees having to resort to any agitation for the same. They have specially expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, Chief Secretary B. B. Vyas and Commissioner Secretary Finance Navin Kumar Choudhary for taking several other employee-friendly measures besides timely release of DA. "Bringing down the qualifying service for full pensionery benefits from 33 to 20 years and increase of TMA from Rs 10000 to Rs 15000 are some other laudable measures taken by the present government," the state employees added. The arrears on account of additional installments from July, 2016 and from January, 2017 upto May 2017 shall be credited to the individual GPF accounts of Government employees in the month of June, 2017 and shall form part of the monthly salary from there onwards. In respect of such of the State Government employees, who are governed by the New Pension Scheme, the arrears on account of additional installments from July, 2016 and January 2017 upto May 2017, shall be paid in cash in month of June, 2017 and the employees' share at the rate of 10% shall be deducted at source and credited to their Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN) along with the matching share by the employer. Thereafter, the enhancement in the DA shall form part of the monthly salary. Enhancement in DA will also apply to the work charged, whole time contingent paid employees, working in a regular time scale. (ANI)