The much-awaited and crucial meeting to look into the Dearness Allowance (DA) issue of the Central government employees, who are paid as per the 7th Pay Commission matrix, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) and the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) were set to hold a meeting with the National Council of JCM on May 8, to resolve the 7th Pay Commission matrix issue.
However, it was postponed in wake of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. According to Times Now, the meeting will now be held in the last week of May 2021.
On the forthcoming meeting, Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary-Staff Side at National council of JCM, has said, "The officials are in regular touch to resolve the matter of three instalments of DA payable to the central government employees. In fact, the central government officials are quite co-operative in regard to the DA instalment payment."
"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 quoted Mishra as saying.
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.
“As and when the decision to release the future installments of Dearness Allowance due from 01.07.2021 is taken, the rates of DA as effective from 01.01.2020, 01.07.2020 and 01.01. 2021 will be restored prospectively and will be subsumed in the cumulative revised rates effective from 01.07.2021,” Thakur had informed the Upper House.