Rashmi Ranjan

In a good news for Central government employees, the government is likely to release 18-month pending Dearness Allowance (DA) arrears soon. 

According to several media reports, the central government employees are likely to get the arrears in three instalments.

It is worthwhile to mention here that the central government employees were stopped payment of allowances from January 2020 to June 2021 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, the demand to release the pending DA arrears was gathering steam for quite some time. 

Besides, the demand to clear the arrear was pending before the cabinet for consideration.

If the media reports are to be believed, the DA arrears of Level-3 employees will be around Rs 11,880 to Rs 37,554 and for those belonging to  Level-13 or Level-14, it will be between Rs 1,44,200 to Rs 2,18,200. 

Recently in September, the Centre had hiked the DA of all Central government employees by 4 percent  from 34 percent to 38 percent. The hike has benefitted more than 50 lakh government employees and over 61 lakh pensioners across the country.