7th Pay Commission: Shock to central employees, they will not get DA dues of 18 months

New Delhi. Central employees are in for a shock. In fact, the government made it clear on Tuesday that it is not practical to release 18 months’ arrears of Dearness Allowance. During the Corona period, dearness allowance (DA) received by central employees and dearness relief (DR) of pensioners was banned.

Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chowdhary made it clear in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that it is not practical to release the outstanding installments of dearness allowance and dearness relief to central government employees and pensioners that were stopped during the Corona period. Due to the adverse effects of Covid in the year 2020 and the welfare measures taken by the Centre, its fiscal impact continued till after the financial year 2020-21.

Chowdhary said that various central government employees’ and pensioners’ associations had given several applications to the government regarding the release of 18 months’ DA and DR. The government had banned the 3 installments of DA and DR payable from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021, in view of the economic disruptions caused by the pandemic.

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