Govt hikes DA by 3% for central govt employees
New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday hiked Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) by 3 percent to 34 percent to compensate for the price-rise, benefitting over 1.16 crore central government employees and pensioners.
The additional installment will be effective from January 01, 2022, said an official release after the Cabinet meeting.
“The Union Cabinet…has given its approval to release an additional installment of DA to central government employees and DR to pensioners w.e.f. January 1, 2022, representing an increase of 3 percent over the existing rate of 31 percent of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise,” an official statement said.
The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, it added.
The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief will be Rs 9,544.50 crore per annum.
This will benefit about 47.68 lakh central government employees and 68.62 lakh pensioners, the release said.
In October last year, the Cabinet had hiked the two allowances by 3 percent to 31 percent. It was effective from July 01, 2021.
Before that in July, the government had restored the dearness allowance and dearness relief and increased the rate of allowance from 17 percent to 28 percent.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the central government had frozen the three additional installments of the DA and DR, which were due on January 01, 2020; July 01, 2020; and January 01, 2021.