A Spokesman of the State Government informed that Government has decided that dearness relief payable to the Himachal Pradesh Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 45% to 51% w.e.f. 1st January, 2011. He further said that the dearness relief on pension & family pension @ 51% will be paid with the pension/family pension for the month of April, 2011 payable in the month of May, 2011. The arrears accrued on account of dearness relief w.e.f. 1st January, 2011 to 31st March, 2011 shall be paid in cash in one instalment in the month of May, 2011.