7th Pay Commission Latest News: At a time when the Narendra Modi-led government has increased the Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) for the Central Government employees and pensioners, a similar decision under 7th Pay Commission has been taken for the government employees of a state as well. Notably, the decisions regarding salary hike come ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

Following the footsteps of the Centre, the Rajasthan government has increased the salaries of its employees by hiking the Dearness Allowance. The Ashok Gehlot-government has also raised the Dearness Relief for the pensioners of the state. The DA and DR has been hiked by 3 per cent from 9 per cent to 12 per cent. The move will benefit 8.5 lakh employees and 3.5 lakh pensioners of the state government and put a financial burden of Rs 1,435 crore on the state exchequer. Notably, the revised allowance will come into effect from January 1, 2019 on retrospective basis.

(7th Pay Commission Latest News)

“The Governor is pleased to order that the existing rate of Dearness Allowance payable to the State Government employees, drawing pay in the Rajasthan Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2017, under Finance Department Order of even number dated 10-09-2018 shall be revised from 9% to 12% with effect from 01-01-2019,” the Rajasthan state finance ministry said in a statement, as reported by Business Today. 

Earlier on Tuesday, the Union Cabinet announced a hike of 3 per cent in DA and DR for the central government employees and pensioners. The increase comes into effect from January 1, 2019 and will benefit 1.1 crore CG employees and pensioners.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government, which is receiving the flak of over 50 lakh CG employees and an equivalent number of pensioners for not paying heed to their demand of a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, is leaving no stone unturned in keeping the staff happy.