7th Pay Commission benefits still beyond sight! Govt sweetens mood with 6% DA hike here

Feb 08, 2019, 18:44 PM IST
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7th Pay Commission benefits are still not in sight for the government employees and pensioners in Punjab. However, around two months before the General Elections, the state government has sweetened their mood by announcing 6% Dearness Allowance (DA) to government employees and pensioners, with effect from February 1, 2019. Here are all you need to know:
 

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DA Hike in Punjab

DA Hike in Punjab

An official statement of the Punjab government said Friday, "The Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday announced 6% Dearness Allowance (DA) to government employees and pensioners, with effect from February 1, 2019."  Image source: PTI
 

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DA Hike: Beneficiaries

DA Hike: Beneficiaries

As per the official statement, the DA hike decision will benefit nearly 3.25 lakh employees and 3 lakh, pensioners. It was announced by the Chief Minister during the Cabinet meeting after informal discussions on the issue.  Image source: PTI

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DA Hike: Cost to the exchequer

DA Hike: Cost to the exchequer

The decision would entail an additional annual financial liability of Rs. 720 Crores to the state exchequer.  Image source: PTI
 

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DA Hike: What the Punjab government said

DA Hike: What the Punjab government said

Reiterating his government’s firm commitment to ensure the welfare of employees and pensioners despite financial constraints, the Chief Minister said the employees were a critical segment of the state administration and safeguarding their interests was the government’s top priority.  Image source: PTI

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No 7th Pay Commission in Punjab

No 7th Pay Commission in Punjab

The Punjab Government is still awaiting the 6th Pay Commission report. It recently extended the 6th Pay Commission. According to a report by Tribune, the decision to extend the Sixth Pay Commission was met with stiff resistance from various quarters.  Image source: Pixabay

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