New Delhi: Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has announced a hike in the Dearness Allowance (DA). The notification was issued by Additional Chief Secretary Sanjeev Mittal on March 20.

An official notification of Uttar Pradesh government dated March 20 read, “According to this order, the payment of the due Dearness Allowance for the period of January 1, 2019, to February 28, 2019, will be done in cash as soon as possible in this Financial Year only. The DA for the month of March will be paid along with the salary in the month of April.”

The employees will be getting two months’ DA arrears before March 31. The notification further said, “The 10 per cent from the DA arrears of the employees covered under National Pension Scheme (NPS) will be deposited into their Tier- I pension account and the state government will also contribute a similar amount into the employees’ pension accounts.”

More than 16 lakh employees and pensioners will benefit from the move. The hike brings the state government employees’ DA at par with the Central government employees.

The Karnataka government has also cleared implementation of the 7th pay commission for teachers, professors, academic staffs of the state government and aided universities and colleges.

The central government employees had received a hike in the DA last month. Several states followed suit post the announcement. The Centre increased the DA of its employees by 3 per cent to 12 per cent in February this year.