The centre has hike dearness allowance from 12% to 17% for its government staff. Centre has also hiked dearness relief for the pensioners. This decision has been taken for the growth of the economy. According to the economists, increased hikes will boost consumption during Diwali and it may develop the condition of the economy. Previously, government has also increased dearness allowance and dearness relief from 9 per cent to 12 per cent.