Suryakant Jena

The Odisha government on Friday announced an 11 per cent hike in Dearness Allowance (DA)for its employees.

While the hike will be effective retrospectively from July 2021, the State government employees will get the hiked salary from this month, October.

With this 11 per cent hike, the DA of the State government employees has increased to 28 per cent.

The Narendra Modi government had in July earlier this year approved DA hike for the Central government employees from 17 per cent to 28 per cent.

The 11 per cent hike announcement by the Centre came after adding three pending DAs, which included the 4 per cent DA announced for January to June 2020, including the allowance for the period July to December 2020 and January to June 2021.

It is worth mentioning here that, soon after the Centre's announcement, States like Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir also hiked DA for their respective government employees and pensioners from 17 per cent to 28 per cent.