Sunday, October 30, 2022

West Bengal Govt. employees may get good news on D.A. this week

 The West Bengal government might take a concrete decision on the payment of dearness allowance (DA) arrears to the state government employees and make an announcement on this count before November 4, sources said.

Incidentally, November 4 is the deadline for Chief Secretary H.K. Dwivedi and Finance Secretary Manoj Pant to file affidavit in the Calcutta High Court, explaining why contempt of court proceedings should not be initiated against them for not honouring its judgement directing the state government to clear DA arrears by August 19.

According to sources, the state government is now left with three choices. First, the Chief Secretary and the Finance Secretary file affidavit as directed by the court on September 22. In that case, the legal discourse will be based on the arguments mentioned in the affidavit.

Second, the state government challenges the Calcutta High Court order on payment of DA arrears in the Supreme Court, which will lead to another round of legal battle. The Confederation of State Government Employees, which has been fighting a long legal battle on this issue, has already filed a caveat in the apex court on this count.

Third, the state government takes a decision and makes an announcement on arrear payment, and accordingly update the high court in this matter to avoid contempt of court proceedings.

Till now there has been no hint on the part of the state's legal department about approaching the Supreme Court, and hence the state government employees are hopeful of some positive announcement before November 4.

According to the General Secretary of the Confederation of State Government Employees, Malay Mukherjee, they are ready to fight the matter till the end at the apex court if the state government wishes to.

"We are confident of victory. But I think another legal battle will only add to the delay. Hence, it would be wise on the part of the state government to make an announcement on this count before November 4, and avoid contempt of court proceedings," Mukherjee said.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

West Bengal Govt. takes legal path to postpone D.A. payment

 The state government has filed a review petition at the Calcutta High Court on Friday urging it to reconsider a division bench's order delivered on May 22 when the Bengal government was directed to clear DA dues to government employees in three months as per West Bengal Services (Revision of Pay and Allowance) Rules, 2009 (ROPA Rules, 2009). With the three months deadline getting over soon, the state government once again approached the division bench for reconsideration of its judgment. It is to be noted that the government will have to pay the due DA arrears from July 2009. The division bench of Justices Harish Tandon and Rabindranath Samant earlier dismissed the state government's appeal for consideration for the payment of DA.

It may be mentioned that West Bengal employees are currently getting 3% D.A while their counterparts in Central and many other state Govt.s are on receipt of 34% D.A.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (2016=100) – June, 2022

 The All-India CPI-IW for June, 2022 increased by 0.2 points and stood at 129.2 (one hundred twenty nine point two). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.16 per cent with respect to previous month compared to an increase of 0.91 per cent recorded between corresponding months a year ago.

IBA released Dearness Relief payable to Bank Pensioners from August 2022 to January 2023

 Click here to view IBA circular

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Uttar Pradesh hiked D.A./D.R by 3%

 The government of Yogi Adityanath has given a gift to the state employees of Uttar Pradesh. The Yogi government has increased the high cost allowance for state employees by 3%. The government has decided to increase the rate of High Cost Allowance and Relief from 31% to 34% effective from January 1, 2022. More than 27 lakh employees will benefit. There are 16 lakh government employees, teachers at UP while 11.52 lakh are retirees.

After this Yogi government announcement, the Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) for UP government employees and retirees has been increased effective January 1, 2022, so everyone will also receive arrears. According to the order, the arrears for a total of six months from January to June will also arrive in August with the July salary and pension increase. The UP Minister of Finance had sent a dossier to CM Yogi Adityanath for approval to pay DA and DR to employees and retirees at an increased rate.

Before the Yogi government, the central government had also decided in March to give DA and DR to its employees and pensioners at the rate of 34% instead of 31 from January 1, 2022. Now, after the decision of the UP government, more of 27 lakh state employees received great relief. It is said that on payment of DA and DR to government employees at an increased rate of 3%, an additional burden of Rs 220 crore will come on Yogi government every month.

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