DA hike for Madhya Pradesh government staff, pensioners
With assembly elections six months away, the state government on Tuesday hiked the dearness allowance of state employees and pensioners.
In a cabinet meeting headed by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the government decided to increase the dearness allowance of state employees, pensioners, teachers’ cadre in local bodies, panchayat secretaries and permanent workers in the panchayat and rural development department.
“Those under Seventh payscale got a hike of 2% and in the Sixth payscale by 3% to be implemented in retrospect from January 1, 2018,” minister for water resources and government spokesman Narottam Mishra said. “Cash payment of the proposed hike of dearness allowance will be made in January 18 (salary of January 2018 payable in February 2018),” a state release said.
In another major decision, the council of ministers sanctioned Rs 1,000 crore for development of smart cities. Mishra said, “Rs 1,000 crore has been approved for seven cities that were identified under the Smart City Scheme. Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur in the first phase, Ujjain and Gwalior in the second phase and Sagar, Satna in the third phase.”