- Mamata Banerjee was speaking in the Bengal Assembly
- Bengal government employees are demanding DA
- All opposition parties including BJP are supporting the workers
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that even if she was “beheaded” by the protesters, the government would not be able to provide her dearness allowance (DA) at par with the central government. Banerjee’s statement came in the wake of a large section of state government employees sticking to their demand of increasing dearness allowance at par with that of the central government. The employees are also getting the support of the state’s opposition BJP, Congress and Left parties.
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Speaking in the extended budget session of the Assembly, Banerjee cited the difference in the salary structure of the Central and West Bengal governments and claimed that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in the state was already giving 105 per cent DA to its employees.
He said, “How much do you (agitating government employees) want? How many will satisfy you? Please cut off my head and then hope you will be satisfied…If you don’t like me, cut off my head. But you won’t get any more from me.”
Let us tell that the state’s Finance Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya presented the budget for 2023-24 in the assembly on 15 February. In the budget, he had announced that the government would pay 3 percent additional DA to its employees, including teachers and pensioners, from March.
Various organizations of state government employees including Sangrami Joutha Manch (United Struggle Forum) are agitating to increase DA at par with central government employees.
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