The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed here. Announcing the Cabinet decisions at a press conference here, Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar said, "We announce a hike in DA from 107 to 113 from January this year."

"This is in fact for the first time that the government employees are getting DA without resorting to agitation," Akhtar, who was also flanked by Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, added.

He cited it was a practice here that the DA was not released till there was an agitation. "Today as part of its duty, the government had taken a decision, which also belies the rumours about money not coming (from the Centre) and also gives out a message that the system is getting streamlined in the state," Akhtar said. Drabu said the idea behind the decision was to keep pace with the Centre announcing DA for its employees.

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