CM Stalin announces DA hike for government employees from January

The enhanced Dearness Allowance to government employees and pensioners would be advanced by three months and it shall be implemented with effect from January 1, 2022, Chief Minister M K Stalin announced in the Assembly on Tuesday.

In the revised budget (2021-22), the increase in DA for employees and pensioners was announced from April 1, 2022, he said. However, considering representations received from associations of government employees, the DA hike would be implemented for them and pensioners from January 1, 2022, despite serious fiscal constraints, the Chief Minister said.

The move would benefit 16 lakh government employees and pensioners and the advancement of the DA hike would entail an additional expenditure of Rs 1,620 crore for three months and for a year the expenditure shall be Rs 6,480 crore.
The associations of government employees have been demanding an 11 percent DA increase. Effective July 1, 2021, the Centre had announced an 11 percent increase (17 percent to 28 percent) in DA and Dearness Relief to Central Government employees and pensioners respectively.