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Govt hikes dearness allowance by 8%

Govt hikes dearness allowance by 8%
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First Published: Fri, Mar 19 2010. 03 09 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Mar 19 2010. 03 09 PM IST
New Delhi: The government on Friday raised the cost of living allowance for its employees and pensioners by 8%, a Cabinet minister told reporters.
The hike will cost the government an additional Rs6,970 crore ($1.5 billion) each year, Ambika Soni said at a briefing after the Cabinet took the decision.
The dearness allowance (DA) is linked to the percentage rise in the 12-month average of the consumer price index (CPI) and is revised twice a year.
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First Published: Fri, Mar 19 2010. 03 09 PM IST