On Friday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an increase of 3% in the Dearness Allowance (DA) for Orissa state government employees and retirees. The move follows the hike of 3% DA to central government employees.
According to the Chief Minister's Office, the move will benefit 7.5 lakh Odisha government employees and pensioners.
The government has also committed to paying 30% of employees' arrears under the Seventh Pay Commission. They had previously received half of their higher salary arrears from January 2016 to August 2017.
It will benefit the state's 6 lakh government employees.
Government employees will now receive 31% DA as a result of the increase. The increase will take effect on July 1, 2021.