09 Feb, 2024 10:38 AM

Bengal Govt Announces 4% DA Hike for Employees, Unions Demand More

Bengal Govt Announces 4% DA Hike for Employees, Unions Demand More

Kolkata, February 9: The Bengal government on Thursday announced a 4% increase in Dearness Allowance (DA) for its 8 lakh employees, taking the total DA to 14% effective from May 2024. While Finance Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya said the move aims to provide relief against inflation, state government employee unions called it insufficient.

Key Points:

  • The announcement comes amid demands for DA parity with central government employees, who currently receive 36% more DA.
  • This hike reduces the DA gap to 32%, but unions demand clearing all dues at once.
  • The government estimates an additional annual burden of Rs 3,100 crore due to this hike.
  • Clearing all outstanding DA dues would cost an estimated Rs 41,000 crore, considered unaffordable by the government.
  • While officials cite limited resources, some bureaucrats see the move as appeasing employees before the Lok Sabha polls.


  • Unions remain dissatisfied, demanding full clearance of DA dues instead of incremental hikes.
  • Government claims financial constraints and highlights a previous 4% DA hike in January.
  • Some bureaucrats view the announcement as a pre-poll strategy to keep employees content.


  • The DA hike offers some relief but might not quell employee discontent entirely.
  • The issue of DA parity with central government employees is likely to persist.
  • With Lok Sabha polls approaching, the government's handling of employee demands will be under scrutiny.

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