In a good news for lakhs of government employees, the Odisha government has announced a five per cent hike in Dearness Allowance (DA).
Following the hike, the DA has been increased to 17 per cent from the existing 12 per cent with effect from 1.07.2019 in favour of the State government employees covered under the ORSP Rules, 2017.
The additional dose of DA on the basic pay is also applicable to the following category of employees covered under ORSP Rules, 2017:
All India Service Officers serving in the affairs of the State Government for which GA and PG Department will issue orders separately.
Work- charged employees drawing in regular scale of pay under the ORSP Rules, 2017.
Teaching and Non-Teaching staff of fully aided non-government educational institutions those are covered under ORSP Rules, 2017.
The Teaching and Non-Teaching staff of Universities who are in receipt of regular scale of Pay under ORSP Rules, 2017 for whom the State Government is bearing full salary cost.
These also include teachers of Universities who enjoy AICTE/UGC scale under ORSP (College Teachers) Rules, 2019.
The term ‘Basic Pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed level in the Pay Matrix but does not include any other type of pay like Special Pay, read a release by the State Finance Department.
It further said, “The additional dose of DA from 1.07.2019 to 31.12.2019 will be paid in cash. The last date for the presentation of bill towards drawal of arrears claims in respect of DA 5 per cent from 1.07.2019 in the Treasuries/Special treasuries/Sub-treasuries in the current financial year is 26.03.2020.”
Earlier, the Narendra Modi government had hiked the DA of Central government employee. The Union Cabinet, chaired by the PM Modi approved to release an additional instalment of DA to Central government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2020.
It led to an increase of 4 per cent over the existing rate of 17 per cent of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.
The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief was Rs 12,510.04 crore per annum and Rs 14,595.04 crore in 2021 fiscal (for a period of 14 months from January 2020 to February 2021).
The hike in DA reportedly benefited about 48.34 lakh Central government employees and 65.26 lakh pensioners.