The Uttarakhand government has some more good news for its employees. The state Cabinet has taken a decision to increase the Dearness Allowance of the employees to 11%. According to the news agency ANI, this move will cost the state of Uttarakhand Rs 1,800 crore annually, said Cabinet Minister Subodh Uniyal.
In addition to this, on Friday, the Cabinet also approved the payment of revised DA to the employees. Cabinet Minister Subodh Uniyal confirmed that the state government employees and pensioners will get the updated DA with retrospective effect from July 1. The meeting for the same was chaired by the Chief Minister of the state Pushkar Singh Dhami.
CM Dhami had first approved the payments of DA to the state government employees on August 25 and had increased it from 17% to 28%. Now, with this move, the state government employees will receive their revised DA along with the arrears.
A total of 1,60,000 government employees and 1,50,000 pensioners will profit from the decision.
For the unversed, it was in April 2020 that the Union Ministry of Finance had put a stop on the DA increment till June 30, 2021, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are some other important decisions that the Uttarakhand Cabinet took on Friday
- VAT charges on aviation turbine fuel were decreased from 20% to 2%.
- This decision was taken after Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia recently suggested the same to help boost the air connectivity and revenue.
- The Uttarakhand Cabinet also decided that constables would be made head constables solely based on promotions and not examinations.
- It was decided that contractual teachers in seven engineering institutes of Uttarakhand will be allowed to work from October 2021 to March 31, 2022.