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Jayalalithaa announces 8% DA hike for govt employees

Chennai, May 3 ():  In order to benefit the State Government employees, Tamil Nadu government on Thursday has hiked the dearness allowance by eight per cent, a move which is expected to help eighteen lakh persons, including teachers and pensioners.

The move will also provide financial support to officers, teachers, village assistants of revenue department, staff of anganwadis and noon meal centres, clerks, and family pensioners, said the chief minister adding that the scheme will also be applicable to staff of local bodies, as well as government-aided educational institutions.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said that the Government would likely incur an expense of Rs 1,639.93 crore yearly and is also planning to expend the increased amount in cash with effect from January 1, 2013.

Recalling that the ruling Government at the centre has made a similar announcement in April, Jayalalithaa on Thursday expressed her happiness on the floor of the state Assembly to extend a similar benefit to State Government employees also. Jayalalithaa said that she has been taking a number of steps to improve the everyday life of the teachers and to motivate them.

Similarly, Jayalalithaa announced a seven per cent hike in dearness allowance (DA) in October last year for the Tamil Nadu employees in alliance with the Central government proposal. The scheme is also likely to hike the insurance cover from Rs two lakh- four lakh for the employees’ families for the next four years and will also be providing treatment and surgery for 113 approved ailments, for which the state government brought in United India Insurance Company.

Besides this, the government also announced to raise the housing loan ceiling from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 25 lakh, in step with the rising cost of construction, said Jayalalithaa. Civil services officers will be qualified to get the benefit of a housing loan of Rs 40 lakh from the present Rs 25 lakh.