Cabinet clears 4% DA hike; 48 lakh central govt employees, 65 lakh pensioners to benefit

The Union Cabinet on Friday approved 4 percent hike in dearness allowance (DA) to 21 pe cent for central government employees, costing the exchequer an additional Rs 14,595 crore

Press Trust of India March 13, 2020 17:05:42 IST
Cabinet clears 4% DA hike; 48 lakh central govt employees, 65 lakh pensioners to benefit

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Friday approved 4 percent increase in dearness allowances (DA) for government employees and pensioners to 21 percent, which will benefit over 1.13 crore people.

The move will come into effect retrospectively from 1 January, 2020.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved to release an additional instalment of dearness allowance (DA) to central government employees and dearness relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 1 January, 2020, an official statement said.

There will be an increase of 4 percent over the existing rate of 17 percent of the basic pay/pension to compensate for price rise, it added.

"The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both dearness allowance and dearness relief would be Rs 12,510.04 crore per annum and Rs 14,595.04 crore in financial year 2020-21 (for a period of 14 months from January 2020 to February 2021)," the statement said.

It will benefit about 48.34 lakh central government employees and 65.26 lakh pensioners.

"The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission," it added.

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