Railway employees received Diwali gift
Railway employees set out before Diwali. Railway Board has announced to increase the dearness allowance of about 12 lakh employees of Indian Railways. Now railway employees will get 46 percent dearness allowance instead of 42 percent of their basic salary. This will be applicable from July 1, 2023, that is, all the employees will get the arrear money along with their salary.
Railway Board has given this information by writing a letter to the General Managers and Chief Administrative Officers of ‘All India Railways and Production Units’ on 23 October 2023. Railway Board says that increasing dearness allowance by 4 percent is a very gratifying decision.
Government gave bonus 4 days ago
Railway Board has announced this increase in the salary of the employees, 5 days after increasing the dearness allowance of the central employees. The increase in dearness allowance of about 48 lakh central government employees and 67 lakh pensioners was announced last week. The Union Cabinet has released a budget of Rs 15,000 crore for this, which also includes Diwali bonus.
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Employees welcomed the decision
Railway employee organizations have welcomed this decision of the Railway Board just before Diwali. Shiv Gopal Mishra, general secretary of All India Railway Men’s Federation, said, ‘The employees were to get DA from July, so it was the right of the employees to get it. I welcome the decision to announce its payment before Diwali.
Meanwhile, M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary of the National Federation of Indian Railway Men, said that DA is paid on the basis of Consumer Price Index. Its purpose is to protect the employees from the effects of inflation. Inflation has increased very rapidly in the country in recent times.
In response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav had said that till February 1, 2023, the total number of railway employees in the country is 11,75,925. Indian Railways is the largest employer in the country.