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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 21 November: BENGAL government employees have moved the West Bengal Administrative Tribunal against the Trinamool government for not paying the dearness allowance (DA) arrears that are due to them.

The Coordination Committee of the State Government Employees Unions, and the Unity Forum today jointly moved the petition to the Tribunal on behalf of the near nine lakh state employees and pensioners.

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They have accused the state government of depriving the legitimate dues to the employees even as the DA outstanding now stands at 50 per cent. Admitting the petition, the Tribunal has set 22 March next year as the first date for hearing into the case.

The move by the employee unions comes after the state government recently extended the tenure of the Sixth Pay Commission by one more year.

Bengal government had in 2015 constituted the one-man pay commission headed by economist Abhirup Sarkar and had set a deadline until May this year for the panel to put forward its recommendations.

But with the commission failing to wind up the task, the term of the panel was extended by six more months until November. Now the deadline has been extended by one more year causing widespread anger among the employees.