As per some news in leading news paper, proposals to hike dearness allowance of Central government employees by 8% is likely to be considered in today's cabinet meeting. It is known that Finance Minister is on tour and will return on 22nd April, 2013 and in last cabinet meeting on 2nd April, 2013 Govt had deferred the decision on enhancement of DA due to absence of Finance Minister.This time again leading news website has published that hike dearness allowance may be considered by govt. in cabinet meeting.
In last para of Hindustan Times News article "Cabinet plans sops ahead of LS polls"
"Proposals to hike dearness allowance of Central government employees by 8% and setting up a Railway Land Development Authority to improve railways financial help are likely to be considered."
In Times of India News article "Cabinet to mull over tougher laws against middlemen, buffer for retired babus" a para added about DA
"Doubling special support to Bihar to Rs 12,000 crore under the remaining four years of the 12th Plan, the judicial commission Bill and 8% dearness allowance (DA) for government employees are also on the Cabinet agenda."
Times of India has also published an separate article on this matter :-
Cabinet may hike dearness allowance by 8%
The Union Cabinet is likely to approve a proposal to increase dearness allowance (DA) of central government employees by 8% on Thursday.
The move to increase DA from 72% to 80% will benefit around 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners of the central government.
"The Union Cabinet may consider the finance ministry proposal to increase DA in its meeting scheduled for Thursday," a source said, adding the hike would be effective from January 1, 2013 and employees and pensioners would be entitled to arrears.
The government had raised DA to 72% in September last year, which had come into effect from July 1, 2012.
As per usual practice, DA is merged with basic pay when it breaches the 50% cap. This helps employees get higher allowances as those are paid as proportion of the basic pay.
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