Vikash Sharma

The Odisha government on Friday provided much-needed relief to the government employees ahead of the festive season by announcing a hike in the Dearness Allowance (DA).

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced a 4 percent DA hike for the government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) pensioners.

As per an official statement, the Odisha Government has announced the release of 4 percent additional dose of Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (TI) in favour of State government employees and pensioners respectively to enhance the rate from 42 percent to 46 percent.

The enhanced DA and TI will be paid from July 1, 2023 retrospectively. The Odisha government officials informed that the DA hike will benefit 4.5 lakh State Government employees and 3.5 lakh pensioners.

It is pertinent to mention here that recently the Dearness Allowance (DA) for central government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) for central government pensioners was increased by 4 percent by the Union Cabinet on October 18, 2023.

With the latest hike, DA for central government employees and DR for pensioners will be increased to 46 percent.