Wednesday, March 20, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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4 pc DA hike for Central staff
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 19
The government today announced a Rs 1831.20-crore bonanza for its existing and retired employees by way of an increased dearness allowance with effect from January and upgraded pay scales for senior teachers of primary schools.

The package for 14 months, beginning January, 2002, will include Rs 1355.20 crore through a 4 per cent hike in DA for the existing Central Government employees, besides an additional dearness relief of Rs 476 crore for pensioners.

The DA for the Central Government employees, as well as the pensioners would be now 49 per cent, up from the existing 45 per cent, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pramod Mahajan told reporters after a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. Mr Mahajan said the Cabinet also decided to hike the basic pay for primary schoolteachers.

“The Cabinet has approved the grant of revised senior scale for the primary schoolteachers with effect from January 1, 1996, in substitution of the pay scale already sanctioned to them,” he said.

The total annual recurring additional burden would be to the tune of Rs 20 crore and the non-recurring additional expenditure would be Rs 105 crore, Mr Mahajan said.

The senior scale would now be Rs 5,500-9,000 from the existing Rs 5,000-8,000 and the selection scale would be Rs 6,500-10,500 from the existing Rs 5,500-9,000.Back

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