The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet on Thursday approved a hike in the Dearness Allowance for all employees of the State government and local bodies.

The DA has been hiked from 80 to 90 per cent of the basic salary. The double digit hike comes less than a week after the Centre announced a 10 per cent hike for its employees. Timed before the model code of conduct for elections comes into force, the DA would be paid retrospectively from July 1.