Shimla, Sep 15
Himachal Pradesh has granted dearness allowance to the employees of the state enhancing it by six percent to be released with effect from July 1, 2021. Adl Secretary Finance Prabodh Saxena said in a notification issued here today that the state has decided to enhance the DA continuation with office memorandum, the existing rate the total DA of all state government employees increased to 159 per cent from 153 pc of Mar 7, 2021.
Notification said that additional DA shall be paid in cash with the salary of Sep 2021 payable in Oct 2021 and the arrears accrued from Jul 1 2021 to Aug 31, 2021 shall be credited in the GPF account of the employees with the salary of September 2021. The interest of the account shall be accrue with effect from Oct 1 ,2021 .
In case of state employees who retired between or who have closed GPF accounts and employees who are governed under contributory pensions scheme the areas of account of release of additional installment of DA with effect from July on 2021 would be paid in cash with salary of September 2021 payable in October 2021. The order would be applicable
to the HP Judicial Service Officers and state Government employees covered under UGC pay scale.
Notification also says that as far as the PSU/ Universities / Autonomous Bodies/Boards etc are concerned the management of these PSUs would take appropriate decisions in this regard considering the availability of resources in their organisations.
It is worthwhile to mentioned that State has yet to announce the implementation of sixth pay commission. State did not have its own pay commission however it follows the recommendation of Punjab Pay Commission, the Government of Punjab has already
implemented the 6th Pay commission from Month of July this year however the state Government did not notify the implementation of the recommendation of 6th pay commission.
The notification of enhancement and release of the DA likely to benefit around two lakh government employees and would put heavy financial burden to already bleeding state exchequer. Moreover during the covid pandemic state recovery has shown decline in the collection of revenue, too.