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Devbrat Patnaik

If you thought this New Year had nothing in store for the government employees, then probably you were wrong. In what would bring joy in the lives of lakhs of government employees in Chhattisgarh, the state government has reportedly ordered release of salary increment along with the arrears of the state employees and officials.

The move is likely to benefit around five lakh employees, and based on orders from the government, the finance department also directed all departments in connection with the release of the increased salary of the employees from July 1, 2020.

If reports are anything to go by, the concerned departments have initiated procedures for the release of increased salary along with the arrears. Worthwhile to mention, the Bhupesh Baghel government in July last year had approved an increase in salary, but it could not be implemented then because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reports said this increased amount will now be added to the salary with effect from January 2021 and the arrears from July 1, 2020, till December 31, 2020, will be also provided to the employees. While the decision has been welcomed by all the employees, the state government will have to incur an additional cost of Rs 300 crore to implement the decision, reports added.

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In another major development, the central government employees will also avail a hike in the Dearness Allowance (DA), based on recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, likely from this month. The Narendra Modi-led Central government is expected to restore the Dearness Allowance (DA) hike which was set to be implemented in April 2020.

Reports suggest that the salary of lakhs of employees will be raised and pensioners also will start getting more pension. Even as reports are abuzz that the four per cent DA hike will be restored in January 2021, the Central government hasn’t made any official announcement in this regard as yet.

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