Published On: Sat, Oct 5th, 2019

No DA for central employees before Dussehra

New Delhi: The central government employees will for the first time in recent memory not receive dearness allowance (DA) before the Dussehra.

Durga Puja celebration

“It is true that DA has not been paid to the employees before Dussehra (Durga Puja). This is the first such instance in recent memory,” a source in the Union Finance Ministry said.

Ahead of Dussehra, the Central government every year except this year gives dearness allowance (DA) for benefitting about 48.41 lakh central government employees and 62.03 lakh pensioners.

Dearness allowance and dearness relief are provided to employees and pensioners to neutralise the impact of inflation on their earnings.

The employee unions are not happy with the not hike DA, saying it is to take effect in Dussehra celebrations for the central government employees.

At present the Central government employees and pensioners get 12 dearness allowance (DA) of their basic pay but they are entitled to get 17 per cent dearness allowance, 5 per cent over the existing rate of DA, which is to be effected from July 1, 2019.

Rumours were doing the rounds on media suggesting that the Union Cabinet was to declare the hike of dearness allowance (DA) by 5 per on Thursday but the rumours did not come true. At the meeting held on Thursday evening, the Cabinet did not take any decision for hike dearness allowance (DA). Hope, it will be declared before Diwali.

As per an agreed upon formula, the government hikes the dearness allowance (DA) taking 12-month average of retail inflation. The government does not consider the price rise rate beyond a decimal point for deciding the rate of the dearness allowance.


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