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UPA parting gift: 6 pc hike in DA

delhi Updated: Feb 27, 2009 01:06 IST
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The government on Thursday cleared a six per cent hike in dearness allowance (DA) for central government employees.

The decision was taken at a Union Cabinet meeting chaired by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Employees would get a dearness allowance of 22 per cent on their basic salary from 1 January.

In the past three years, this decision on DA hike was taken in mid-March. The move to fast-track the decision this time is being linked to the model code of conduct coming into force shortly as elections are expected to be called in a few days. The hike will cost the exchequer an additional Rs 3,514 crore per annum.

Home Minister P Chidambaram also announced a plan to develop roads in and around 33 Naxalite-affected districts in eight states.