After a year and a half, the Central Government has decided to restore Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) for Central employees and pensioners. Now DA or DR will be given to the employees at the rate of 28 per cent. This represents an increase of 11% over the existing rate of 17% of Basic Pay/Pension. This decision of the government will benefit about 1.14 crore employees and pensioners.
However, there are still some questions related to this, about which there is a state of confusion among the people. Come, let us clear your confusion.
What is the confusion?
Actually, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government had stopped three additional installments of DA and DR. These installments were due from January 1, 2020, July 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021. Now the government has said to restore these three installments. Due to this, there is confusion among many employees that the government will pay the dues of all three installments.
What is the truth?
The truth is that the government will not pay the dues of these three installments. In the statement issued by the government, it has been clearly said that the arrears will not be paid. According to the statement, for the period from January 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, the DA / DR rate will remain at the rate of 17 percent on basic pay/pension. This means that the increased rate of DA and DR will be paid from July 2021.
Due to both dearness allowance and dearness relief, the exchequer will be debited by Rs 22,934.56 crore in the financial year 2021-22 (for a period of eight months from July 2021 to February 2022). At the same time, there is a possibility of a burden of Rs 34,401.84 crore per year.