Dearness Allowance hiked by 2 per cent for central govt employees, pensioners

Dearness allowance is provided to employees and pensioners to minimise the impact of price rise on their earnings.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 27, 2016 6:26 pm
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The Cabinet on Thursday approved the 2 per cent hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) for Central Government employees and pensioners, effective from July 1, 2016. The proposal to hike the DA was granted during the Cabinet meeting today afternoon at the Prime Minister’s Office. The announcement, which comes ahead of Diwali, is set to bring cheer to around 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners in the country.

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Dearness allowance is provided to employees and pensioners to minimise the impact of price rise on their earnings. Earlier this year, the government hiked dearness allowance by 6% to 125 % of the basic pay. It was later merged into the basic pay, based on the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission Panel. However, the central government employee unions wanted the DA to be increased by 3 per cent and not 2 per cent.

President of Confederation of Central Government Employees K K N Kutty said: “The 12-month average of Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, works out to be 2.92 per cent. Therefore the unions had pressed for 3 per cent DA. We are not satisfied with this.”

As per the agreed formula, government increases DA on the basis of 12-month average of the retail inflation and does not consider the price rise rate beyond decimal point for deciding the rate of dearness allowance. According to statement, the increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs 5,622.10 crore per annum and in the Financial Year 2016-17 for the period of 8 months (i.e. from July 2016 to February 2017), it would be Rs 3,748.06 crore.

with PTI inputs

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  1. R
    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:46 pm
    Very good.
    1. I
      IML sood
      Oct 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm
      It is a welcome step but problem is for some who have heart burning without reason,may be their habit of being on wrong side always.
      1. M
        Oct 27, 2016 at 9:05 am
        first, let the govt implement the 7th pay commission, ex-servicemen still not yet got it. then how 2% DA been declared? one and another this just declaring but practically nothing coming in bank account. now Diwali almost gone, then what is next time limit?
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          anil kou,
          Oct 28, 2016 at 5:06 am
          kindly inform whether the unrevised pay scale holders will get revised DA or otherwise. If in affirmative, what is the percentage for unrevised pay scales..
          1. A
            Oct 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm
            Thanks to Modi Govt ! Diwali Bonas !
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