7th Pay Commission Latest News: Following the footsteps of Narendra Modi-led government and Rajasthan government of increasing the Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) the employees and pensioners, another state announced a similar move under the aegis of 7th Pay Commission. The decisions regarding salary hike come ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, which are due in April-May this year.

After the Central government employees and Rajasthan government employees, a pay hike has been announced for the employees of Odisha under 7th Pay Commission. The state government has announced a 3 per cent hike in the Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for its employees and pensioners, taking both to 12 per cent. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had approved a proposal in this regard and the hike will be implemented retrospectively from January 1, 2019.

At least 7 lakh Odisha government employees and pensioners are likely to be benefited by the announcement of DA and DR hike, which will put an extra burden of Rs 500 crore on the state exchequer.

On a similar note, the Rajasthan government had recently increased the Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for its employees 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.

Meanwhile, the Union Cabinet had last week 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.

(7th Pay Commission Latest News)

Ahead of the general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government is leaving no stone unturned in keeping the staff happy. However, it is receiving 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.