The central government employees are likely to get the hike in the Dearness Allowance (DA), as per the formula based on recommendations from the 7th Pay Commission, sooner than expected.
Though several reports are making rounds that the four per cent DA will be restored this month, the government is yet to make any official announcement in this regard.
The four per cent DA of the central government employee was put on hold last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and announced that the current rate, 17 per cent, will continue till July 2021.
However, it is expected that the improving economic situation in the country may lead the Narendra Modi government to roll out the DA hike early this year.
However, a confirmation from the centre in this regard is awaited.
Once announced, the hike will come as a big relief to around 50 lakh central government employees and around 65 lakh pensioners.
Meanwhile, the centre has taken a decision to extend ‘Disability Compensation’ for all serving employees, if they get disabled in the line of duty while performing their service and are retained in service in spite of such disablement.
Informing the same, Union Minister Jitendra Singh on January 1said that the move will provide a huge relief, especially to ‘young Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel like CRPF, BSF, CISF and others since disability in performance of duties is generally reported in their case due to constraints of job requirement as well as hostile or difficult work – environment’.