CHENNAI: Chief Minister M K Stalin on Sunday announced an increase in dearness allowance (DA) for the Tamil Nadu government employees.
Accordingly, Dearness Allowance (DA) has been increased from 34 per cent to 38 per cent with effect from today.
The announcement will benefit 16 lakh government employees, teachers, retired government employees and their family members. “Accept this announcement as the New Year gift to celebrate the beginning of the year 2023, I appeal them to extend their cooperation to the government to improve the living standard of the people,” the CM said in a statement, thus giving a clarion call to the government employees help the government in delivering its welfare schemes to all section of the people effectively.
Though it would cause an additional financial burden to the tune of Rs 2,359 crore, the government is willing to take it for the welfare of the government employees. Looking into the demands of the government employees with consideration, the order has been passed to hike the DA from 34% to 38%, the release added.
It further said the government was well aware of the government employees’ service and involvement in delivering the government welfare schemes to the people. Amidst the financial crisis, which was inherited by the present government from the previous government, the government continues its efforts to protect their welfare. It has been materalising several demands of the government employees in a phased manner.
The CM also stated that the government would constitute a panel under the Finance secretary to look into the teachers’ demand for equal pay for equal work. Based on the recommendation of the panel, the government would take appropriate measures.
(Inputs from Bureau)