Tripura govt clears proposal for 5% DA hike ahead of 2023 polls | Latest News India

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha’s cabinet has approved a proposal for a 5 per cent hike in Tutti Allowance for state government employees and pensioners with effect from July 1, Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Sushanta Chaudhary said.

The decision has been taken ahead of the assembly elections in the northeastern state, which will be held in March next year.

“Council of Ministers has approved the proposal to provide 5 per cent DA to its employees despite lack of resources. The government will have to bear the additional annual burden. 523.80 crore,” he told reporters on Tuesday night.

A total of 1,88,494 people including 1,04,683 regular employees and 80,855 pensioners will benefit.

With this decision, DA of state government employees has increased from 3% to 8% of basic pay. But central government employees are getting 34% of their basic salary as DA, and the gap between central and state government employees is 26%.

Tripura Government Employees Federation (TGEF) welcomed the decision.

“We welcome the government’s decision to increase DA by 5 per cent but the gap with central government employees is still wide. We hope the state government will reduce it,” TGEF general secretary Samar Roy told PTI.

Chaudhary said that 200 engineers will be recruited in the Public Works Department through the Tripura Public Service Commission.

Engineering students who have passed from civil, mechanical and electrical disciplines are eligible, he said.

The minister said that a total of 100 staff nurses, 22 pharmacists and 39 laboratory assistants would soon be recruited in the health department.

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