The West Bengal government on Wednesday announced the payment of a fresh instalment of 10 per cent of dearness allowance (DA) arrears for its employees. DA payouts, which will begin in January 2012, are likely to cause the cash-strapped State exchequer to fork out an additional Rs 250 crore every month.
While a payout of the DA arrears was announced today, confusion remained over the employee categories who will be benefited.
Other than salaries of direct government employees and pensioners; school teachers, employees across different municipalities and urban local bodies as well as different State government-controlled corporations draw their salary from the State exchequer.
When asked, the Finance Minister, Mr Amit Mitra, said: “We will have to wait for the details till the notification is out.”
The Finance department officials, however, said that State government employees across all categories are likely to be covered.