Tripura government gives DA/DR to employees and pensioners, gap still 33% with Centre
By Our Correspondent
Agartala, Dec 24, 2013 : Tripura government has sanctioned double digit DA installment for employees and officers and the same amount of dearness relief (DR) for pensioners. This still leaves a gap of 33% between DA drawn by Centre and state employees as the central employees have been drawing DA at the rate of 90% compared with 57% as per the latest announcement by the state government for state's employees. The latest amount of DA will be effective from January 1 2014 and will cost the exchequer RS 78-80 crores for the remaining three months of the current financial year .
Announcing this in an interaction with the media finance minister Badal Chowdhury said that along with regular employees and officers of government, autonomous bodies and PSUs will also gain the benefit of increased DA payment while fixed-pay , DRW and contingent employees of all categories will get the benefit at fixed rates. The finance minister said that the state government was keen to neutralise the gap in DA payment and receipt between state and central employees but in the present resource position of the state it was not possible to completely wipe out the gap . He also hinted that pending demands of the state's employees like grade pay, central pay-scale etc could not be fulfilled till the publication of recommendations of the 14th finance commission.
'We are aware that state's employees do their shopping from the same market as the central employees do and both sides should get equal pay ; but that will not be possible unless a uniform all India policy is evolved by Centre with resource support ;we have requested the 14th finance commission to take into consideration this issue and make appropriate recommendations' said Badal. He added that the problem of pay disparity between state and centre could be resolved only by introducing a uniform central pay scale all over the country.
The finance minister however expressed 'disappointment' over the work culture in the state administration and conceded that in many departments of the state government ordinary people do not get the desired level of service. 'We know this and in several cases we have also taken action against errant officers and employees but the work culture must improve; the matter is being looked into' said Badal.