20 May 2010

Punjab hikes Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief by 8%

Chandigarh, May 20
The Punjab Government today announced 8 per cent hike in the dearness allowance, taking the existing allowance from 27 to 35 per cent. This increase has been made on the pattern of Central government employees.

The announcement came from Finance Minister Manpreet Badal. The allowance will be increased with retrospective from January 1, 2010.

Manpreet Badal has said that this decision will also benefit pensioners and they will be paid 8 per cent Dearness Relief as in case of serving employees. He added: “The arrears of the DA till May 31 will be deposited in the GPF of the employees and will be paid in cash from June 1.”

The Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief announced by Punjab Government will be as follows:

DA/DR from 01-01-2006 is @ 00%

DA/DR from 01-07-2006 is @ 02%

DA/DR from 01-01-2007 is @ 06%

DA/DR from 01-07-2007 is @ 09%

DA/DR from 01-01-2008 is @ 12%

DA/DR from 01-07-2008 is @ 16%

DA/DR from 01-01-2009 is @ 22%

DA/DR from 01-07-2009 is @ 27%

DA/DR from 01-01-2010 is @ 35%

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