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Odishatv Bureau

After the Centre announced a 5 per cent Dearness Allowance for the Central government employees, here comes an announcement from a state government giving 'Diwali Bonus' or additional DA for its employees.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today announced to give pre-Diwali and Chhath puja bonanza to its employees with five per cent additional dearness allowance along with the salary for the month of October.

As per reports, a direction has been issued to disburse the salary from October 25 onwards, ahead of the Diwali and Chhath puja.

Modi, who also holds Finance portfolio, said in a release that the salary in the normal course is given on the first day of every month, but this year keeping in mind the two big festivities it will be made available beforehand.

In line with the Centre's decision to increase the DA by five per cent from 12 to 17 per cent with effect from July 1, 2019, the state government has in principle decided to give enhanced five per cent of da to its employees, pensioners and family pensioners from the same date, PTI quoted the Dy CM as saying.

Meanwhile, the enhanced DA is likely to put an additional burden of Rs 1048 crore on the state exchequer, Modi added.

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