15% DA for state government employees from Jan 2018: CM

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced 15 per cent hike in dearness allowance of state government employees from next January. The increased DA for over 1.1 million employees would cost the exchequer about Rs 4,500 crore. She also said that all the arrears would be cleared in phases by end of 2019.

She also gave assurances on bridging the DA gap between Central and state government employees by 2019. She added: “There will be a hike in DA by 15 percent from January 1 next year. It will be applicable for all state government employees including the teaching and non-teaching staff.”

Giving a breakup of the expense that the state government will bear for increasing the DA, she said: “There will be an additional expense of Rs 4,500 crore of the state government for increasing the DA. In the past six years till January 1 in 2017, this government has increased the DA from 35 percent to 50 percent in six phases despite the financial crisis and it has led to an increase of expense by Rs 27,900 crore. Now, the amount will go up to Rs 32,400 crore as the total expense.”

The CM further stated: “One has to keep in mind that the Centre did not give the money to the state government. I am writing to the Centre asking it to give us the money that is needed to increase the DA along with them. Let them plan a policy. Now, there is GST which is a one-tax formula.”

She added that in the past six years her government has cleared a debt of Rs 1.79 lakh crore — a legacy left behind by the erstwhile CPI(M) government. “Moreover, this year we have to give Rs 45,000 crore and it will go up to Rs 47,000 crore next year,” she said adding that she made it possible to give the DA in such a situation just because she is always keen on small savings.

Stating that her government would have done much more if the Left Front government had not left behind the legacy of such a huge debt, she said: “Earlier, state government employees had to think whether they would get their salaries and pensions on the first day of every month or not. But now, they don’t have to worry as salary gets credited to their respective accounts on the first day of the month.”

She criticised the erstwhile Left Front government for not addressing the DA issue during their 34-year-long rule.


সরকারি কর্মচারীদের ১৫ শতাংশ ডিএ ঘোষণা করলেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী

পুজোর মুখে রাজ্য সরকারের কর্মচারীদের জন্য সুখবর। বকেয়া ১৫ শতাংশ ডিএ পাবেন কর্মীরা। বৃহস্পতিবার নজরুল মঞ্চে কর্মচারীদের সম্মেলনে ঘোষণা করেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়। আগামী বছরের পয়লা জানুয়ারি থেকে মিলবে এই বকেয়া মহার্ঘ ভাতা।

তিনি জানিয়েছেন ২০১৯-এর মধ্যে ধাপে ধাপে সমস্ত বকেয়া মহার্ঘ ভাতা মিটিয়ে দেওয়া হবে। ২০১৮ সালের পয়লা জানুয়ারি ১৫ শতাংশ মহার্ঘ ভাতা পাবেন রাজ্য সরকারের কর্মীরা। ৯ মাসের ব্যবধানে ফের রাজ্য সরকার ডিএ ঘোষণা করল।

মুখ্যমন্ত্রী অভিযোগ করেন রাজ্য ডিএ বাড়ালেও, সংবাদমাধ্যমেরও একাংশ তা নিয়ে অপপ্রচার করে। বকেয়া ডিএ নিয়ে পূর্বতন বাম সরকারেরও সমালচনা করেন।৩৪ বছর সময় মতো ডিএ না দেওয়ার জন্য এই পরিস্থিতি। তাদের করে যাওয়া ঋণ ১ লক্ষ ৮৬ হাজার কোটি টাকা শোধ করতে চলে গেছে। চলতি বছর ঋণ বাবদ আরও ৪৫ হাজার কোটি টাকা দিতে হবে।

পাশাপাশি তাঁর দাবি কয়েক লক্ষ টাকার দেনা মাথায় নিয়ে কর্মীদের মহার্ঘ ভাতা দেওয়া হচ্ছে। কর্মচারীরা সময়মতো বেতন পান। মহিলা কর্মীদের মাতৃত্বকালীন ছুটি অনেকটাই বাড়ানো হয়েছে। বাছাই করা কর্মীদের সিঙ্গাপুর এবং অক্সফোর্ডে প্রশিক্ষণের জন্য পাঠানো হচ্ছে।

WB Govt hikes DA of govt employees by 10%

The state government on Monday issued a notification for granting additional dearness allowance (DA) to its employees, which will come into effect from 1 January 2016.

The order mentioned that state government employees with a grade pay of up to Rs 80,000 per month shall draw dearness allowance at the rate of 75 per cent with effect from 1 January 2016. It was also mentioned that there will be further adhoc increase in the existing daily rate of wages by Rs.21 for workers from 1 January 2016.

Monoj Chakraborty, from the Paschimbanga Rajya Sarkari Federation, said this was a good gesture of the government towards its employees. “The Centre should financially support Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee so that the government is able to clear more DA doses for its employees. But the state government’s role is positive,” he said.

WB Govt constitutes sixth pay commission

The state government has constituted the sixth pay commission on Friday for state government employees and certain other categories of employees.

Abhirup Sarkar, professor of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) is the chairman of the eight-member sixth pay commission. It has been learnt that the commission will submit its report within six months.

The commission will examine the existing promotion policies and related issues and provide suggestion for suitable changes. The commission will also examine special allowance and other allowances, concessions including travelling allowance and other benefits which are available to the employees in addition to the pay and suggest change.

The commission will devise its own procedures and may appoint such advisors, institutional consultants and experts as it may consider necessary for any particular purpose in consultation with the state government.

The commission may call for such information and take such evidence as may be considered necessary. The different departments of the state government and offices sub-ordinate to them will furnish such information, documents and other assistance.

The commission will submit their recommendations as expeditiously as practicable but preferably within a period of six months from the date of order notifying the constitution of the commission.