Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday announced a 4 per cent hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) for government employees and pensioners from January 1, 2018.

Addressing a gathering in Rampur, some 120 km from here, on the occasion of India’s Independence Day, he announced that the DA arrears would be paid along the September salary.

The Chief Minister earlier hoisted the national flag.

A cultural programme was organised by school students and contingents of police, Home Guards, National Cadet Corps and Indo-Tibetan Border Police took part in a parade.

Similar Independence Day functions were organised in all the 12 districts of the state.



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