It is learnt that PSU employees to get 5% more D.A. with effect from 01.01.2014. Thus total IDA payable from 01.01.2014 will be 90.5% (85.5% + 5%).
With this hike the difference with central employees will come down to 32% (presently is is 38%). But with a likely D.A. increase (10 or 11%) of the central employees from January 2014, the gap may be wider to 42% or more.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced an additional instalment of dearness allowance for state government employees, sparking protests by the Opposition CPI-M and Congress.