Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced a hike of 5 per cent Dearness Allowance (DA) for government employees. The hike in DA allowance will be implemented with retrospective effect from January 1, 2020, said a statement. Also the benefit of decision around 3.5 lakh state government employees, sources said. The state government has also announced to clear the 10 per cent arrears pending on account of retrospective implementation of 7thCommission’s recommendations with effect from January 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.
With this, the employees can now get 10 per cent of their arrear salary arising out of revision of pay under Odisha Revised Scales of Pay Rules (ORSP)-2017, during the financial year 2019-20. Earlier, the government had disbursed 40 per cent of the total arrear for the period from January 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017, during the financial year 2017-18, said sources.