Central govt issues order to implement DR benefit for pensioners from 1st January

New Delhi: The Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has issued order to implement cabinet decision to implement the revised Dearness Relief (DR) 34% effective from January 1, 2022 for Central Government pensioners, family pensioners.

According to the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare (DoPPW ) order, increasing the Dearness Relief available to Central Government pensioners, family pensioners from 31% to 34% of the basic pension, family pension, effective January 1, 2022.

The Dearness Relief is payable on original basic pension before commutation.

Issuing order to implement revised rates of DR to Central Government pensioners and family pensioners, the DoPPW’s OM said, “The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/7/2021 – P&PW(D) dated 27. 10.2021 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief admissible to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shal1 be enhanced from the existing rate of 31% to 34% w.e.f 01.01.2022.

Thèse rates of DR will be applicable to the following categories:-

Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners including Central Govt. absorbee pensioners in PSU/Autonomous Bodies in respect of whom orders have been issued vide this Department’s OM No. 4/34/2002-P&PW(D)Vol.II dated 23.06.201 7 for restoration of full pension after expiry of commutation period of 15 years.

The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates.

  • All India Service Pensioners
  • Railway Pensioners/family pensioners
  • Pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension
  • The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government Pensioners from Burma/ Pakistan, in respect of whom orders have been issued vide this Department’s OM No. 23/3/2008-P&PW(B) dated 1 1.09.2017.

DR is normally declared twice a year during the last week of the months of March and September. So in the months of January, February and March, DR on Pension/Family Pension will be calculated according to the DR Rates available for the month of December of the previous year. Similarly, for the month of July, August and September DR will be calculated w.r.t. DR rates available for the month of June.

Arrears of DR for the months of January, February and March, as well as July, August and September, will be disbursed by the disbursing authorities in April and October, respectively.