The final decision related to the hike in Dearness Awareness (DA) of the Central government employees is likely to be taken by the end of this month.
An important meeting, on the same, between the National Council of JCM and the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Finance and Department of Personnel and Training is expected to held this month.
If the meeting is held, the Central government employees who have long been waiting for the hike and resumption of the arrears of their DA may finally hear the big news.
The meeting was scheduled to be held in May but it got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, media reports now claim that the meeting will definitely held this month.
Gopal Mishra, Secretary-Staff Side at National Council of JCM, had earlier said, “The officials are in regular touch to resolve the matter of three instalments of DA payable to the central government employees.”
“Payment of three instalments of DA would be one of the major agendas of this meeting. The JCM has informed the concerned officials that if it is difficult for the center to pay three instalments of DA in one time, they can pay the central government employees' arrears through partial payments as well,” Times Now had then quoted Mishra as saying.
The Ministry of Finance had on April 23, 2020, informed that the Central government employees will not get the additional installments of DA and Dearness Relief (DR) due from July 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021, in view of the pandemic.
While stating that they would continue to get the DA at the then current rate (17 per cent), the Ministry had made it clear that no arrears for the period from 1st January 2020 till 30th June 2021 would be paid.
Meanwhile, around 11% DA hike is expected, taking the current rate of 17% to 28% and benefiting nearly 1.1 crore central government employees.