Puber’s Pen Correspondent: The state government again approached the Calcutta High Court seeking reconsideration of the arrears of Dearness Allowance or DA.
It may be noted that the Calcutta High Court had ordered the state government to settle the dearness allowance dues of government employees within three months last May. The state filed an affidavit (review petition) on Friday seeking to discharge the DA. The case is likely to come up in this division bench next week.
Government employees of the state have been fighting a legal battle for a long time demanding that dearness allowance (DA) should be paid at the central rate. On May 20, a division bench of the Calcutta High Court ordered that the state should settle the outstanding DA within three months.
The Confederation of State Government Employees filed a case in the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) in 2016 demanding dearness allowances as per the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission. Central government employees get DA at the rate of 34 per cent.
Meanwhile, the state government has repeatedly complained that the central government is not allocating to various sectors. However, the state government has repeatedly asked for the DA to be given.
Government employees hope that the state government is taking a positive role. They expressed hope that the government employees will get DA only after the complications of the court are cut.
The state is taking legal advice on settlement of DA dues of government employees. If DA dues are to be settled at the rate of 34 per cent, the cost will be Rs 23,000 crore. According to new sources, this huge amount of money is not available at the moment.