Amid the wait for the hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the Centre recently clarified that the Central government employees will continue to get DA and Dearness Relief (DR) at the current rates.
The central government employees are presently getting 17 per cent DA and they have been waiting for the hike in the DA for the January-June 2020 period from July 2021 onwards.
In a April order it was announced that the central government employees and pensioners will not get 21 per cent DA, which they would have from January 1, 2020. The rate of DA was hiked from the present 17 per cent to 21 per cent in March as per 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
It was said that the employees will not be paid arrears from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021; and the DA rate will be revised again on July 1.
“It has been decided that the additional instalment of Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners due from 1st January 2020 shall not be paid. The additional instalment of Dearness allowance and Dearness relief due from 1st July 2020 and 1st January 2020 shall not be paid. However, Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief at current rates will continue to be paid,” the April order had said.
On the other hand, there were news claiming that the April order has not been withdrawn. However, the PIB fact check handle recently tweeted, "A headline has been morphed on a request letter written to the finance minister claiming that the Centre has taken back its order in DA cut. The letter was written in May 2020. Centre has not taken any such decision."