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Govt caps wedding guests at 150, allows 400 at political events
Gandhinagar: The state government will release arrears of dearness allowance (DA) of 9,61,638 employees, panchayat employees and pensioners with the August salaries, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said on Friday.
The state had decided to pay 5% DA to employees and pensioners back in July 2019, Patel--who is also Gujarat’s finance minister--said in a release.
The monthly DA for July 2019 to December 2019 was meant to have been paid alongside January 2020 salaries, he added. While the DA from July to September 2019 had been released, that for October to December 2019 was still pending and will be paid now, he also said.
“A total of Rs434 crore will be paid to the state’s 5,11,129 employees and 4,50,509 pensioners will get this benefit in the next three months,” he said in the statement.
Meanwhile, the state has issued a clarification following its latest round of relaxations in COVID-19 restrictions.
While political events, government functions and even religious functions are being counted as “social functions and events” for which 400 guests are allowed, weddings and funerals have been left out of this list.
The state has capped the number of wedding guests at 150--irrespective of whether the function is being organized in an open area or an enclosed space--and that too, only after digital permission are sought and granted. Similarly, only 40 persons are allowed at funerals.
Spas are still not allowed to operate, while water parks, swimming pools, cinema halls, auditoriums, assembly halls, and entertainment centres and gyms have been allowed to function at 60% capacity.