The central government employees, who were expecting resumption of Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) from July, may get the benefits in September 2021.
This tentative timeline was reportedly decided in a recently concluded high-level meeting which was held on June 26, Mint reported. The meeting was attended by the finance ministry officials, members of the National Council of Joint Consultative Machinery and the department of personnel and training.
"In our meeting held on 26th June 2021, it has been agreed that central government employees' DA and pensioners' DR benefit will be resumed in September 2021," Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side at National Council of JCM has said.
Though there were expectations that the central government employees will get the DA, it now seems that they will have to wait for two more months to avail of the benefits.
Once the centre restores the DA and DR and cabinet gives approval to the same, the hike will be reflected in the salary of the employees
The Ministry of Finance had on April 23, 2020, informed that the Central government employees will not get the additional installments of DA and DR due from July 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The DA at the current rate (17 per cent) will continue, the Ministry had said then while clarifying that that no arrears for the period from 1st January 2020 till 30th June 2021 would be paid to the government staff.
Anurag Thakur, the Minister of State (MoS) for Finance, had earlier said that the three pending DA installments of the Central government employees will be ‘subsumed’ and the revised DA rates will be effective from 1st July 2021.
DA is revised twice a year and a total of three increments are due as of now apart from one already announced 4 per cent DA which was not implemented. So, once the DA is restored, the allowance may rise to around 30 per cent or more from the present 17 per cent.