Agartala, Dec. 25: The Tripura government has sanctioned a 10 per cent hike in the dearness allowance (DA) of state employees and dearness relief (DR) for pensioners, taking it to 57 per cent.
This still leaves a gap of 33 per cent between DA drawn by central and state employees as the former get 90 per cent.
The hike will be effective from January 1, 2014 and will cost the state exchequer Rs 78 to Rs 80 crore for the remaining three months of the current financial year.
Announcing this at a news conference yesterday, finance minister Badal Chowdhury said employees of government offices, autonomous bodies and PSUs would gain from the increase in the DA.
He said the state government was keen to bridge the DA gap between central and state government employees but it was not possible to wipe it out completely in the present situation.
He also hinted that the pending demands of the state government employees like grade pay and central payscale could not be fulfilled till the publication of recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission.
“We are aware that the employees do their shopping from the same market as the central government employees and both sides should get equal pay. But bridging the gap will not be possible unless a uniform policy is evolved by the Centre. We have requested the 14th Finance Commission to take into consideration this issue and make appropriate recommendations,” Chowdhury said.
The finance minister, however, expressed “disappointment” over the work culture in the state administration and conceded that in many departments people do not get the desired level of service.
“In several cases, we have also taken action against errant employees. The work culture must improve,” he added.