Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Friday announced a 10 per cent hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) for government staff, teachers and pensioners. An official release stated that this government always increased the DA of its staff whenever the Central government employees got a hike. The Centre had hiked the DA for its staff from September 1. Likewise, the DA for State government staff, pensioners and family pensioners would be hiked from September 1, 2010 with retrospective effect.