The West Bengal government on Wednesday announced the payment of a fresh instalment of 10 per cent of dearness allowance (DA) arrears for its employees. DA payouts, which will begin in January 2012, are likely to cause the cash-strapped State exchequer to fork out an additional Rs 250 crore every month.
“Keeping in mind the long-standing demand of the employees and the rise in prices of essentials, we have decided to pay a DA of 10 per cent from January 2012,” the Chief Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, told reporters at Writers’ Buildings today. The 10 per cent DA is a part of the arrears pending since 2010.
The State government had in August this year put on hold payment of DA arrears to its employees citing financial crunch. Only those retiring by December this year would get their dues.
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