A Dussehra Gift: Govt announces 5% hike in Dearness Allowance for central govt employees

The government announced five per cent Dearness Allowance, DA, for Central Government employees and pensioners.

Briefing media after the Cabinet meeting in New Delhi today, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, it will benefit 50 lakh Central Government employees and 65 lakh, pensioners.

The government has also sanctioned a relief package for the displaced Kashmiri families who came from Pakistan Occupied areas of Jammu and Kashmir. An amount of 5.5 lakh rupees will be given per family.

These 5,300 displaced families were earlier left out as they had settled elsewhere in the country but came back to Kashmir later. Mr Javadekar said the decision will provide justice to the displaced families.

The Government also approved MoUs between India and Foreign Broadcasters in the field of Radio and Television. The MoUs will help the public broadcaster in exploring new visions and strategies to address new technological demands and stiff competition.

Following the decision, the broadcasting of programmes will be obtained through mutual exchange and co-production. This will lead to equity and inclusiveness among viewers and listeners of DD and AIR. Exchanges of technical Know-how, expertise and training of manpower will help the public broadcaster meet emerging challenges in the field of broadcasting.

The Cabinet was apprised of the progress under National Health Mission, NHM, and decisions of the Empowered Programme Committee and Mission Steering Group of the NHM. There has been a decline in Infant and Maternal Mortality Rate since the launch of the Health Mission programmes.

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