The Raghubar Das government ushered in comforting news for the state’s employees on Tuesday raising dearness allowance (DA) by 7%. The Das-led cabinet, which met at Project Building in the evening, approved the finance department’s proposal of increasing DA to 132% from the existing 125%.
The 11-member cabinet also approved a proposal of waiving value added tax (VAT) off mobile phones priced up to Rs 5,000 up to 5.5%. Apart from cell phones, point of sale (POS) machines, commonly known as credit and debit card swipe machines, have also been waived off VAT by 14.5%.
Briefing media persons after the meeting, interim cabinet coordination secretary NN Pandey said the decision was taken to promote “cashless transactions in Jharkhand”. The waiver will be in place till March 31, 2017.
The cabinet also released a sum of Rs 47.75 crore for the construction of two link transmission lines originating from the 220 KV Daltonganj – Garhwa transmission line and construction of a new 132 KV line in collaboration with the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and Jharkhand Urja Sancharan Limited (JUSNL).
The Das cabinet mourned the death of Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalitha and observed a minute’s silence. Jayalalitha died late on Monday night at a Chennai hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest the day before.