The Union government on Monday hiked dearness allowance (DA) by 7 per cent,benefiting its 80 lakh employees and pensioners and costing the exchequer an additional Rs 7,408 crore annually.
The hike will be effective from July 1,2012,and the employees would be entitled for arrears from this date.
The hike in the DA from 65 per cent to 72 per cent will cost the exchequer Rs 4,939 crore for the remaining part of the current financial year. The annual burden on account of the DA increase has been estimated at Rs 7,408 crore,says an official release.
The decision,which was approved by the Union Cabinet,will benefit about 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners of the central government. The increase in DA is in accordance with the accepted formula which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission,the release added.
The relief comes in the backdrop of government increasing the diesel price by Rs 5 per litre and retail inflation crossing the double-digit mark.
The government had increased DA last in March this year from 58 per cent to 65 per cent,which was effective from January 1,2012.