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Good news for central govt employees 7th Pay Commission to be restores 3 pending DA installments from July

The restoration of the three pending DA and DR installments will be a major relief for over 60 lakh pensioners and roughly 50 lakh central government employees.

The Finance Ministry on Tuesday finally cleared the air around the three pending installments of Dearness Allowance (DA) for central government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) for pensioners.

In a written reply, Minister of State (MoS) for Finance Anurag Thakur assured that the pending DA and DR installments ((January 1, 2020, July 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021)) will come into effect from July 2021. They were earlier put on hold in view of the Covid-19 pandemic situation last year.

“Three pending installment of Dearness Allowances of central government employees and Dearness Relief for pensioners to be restored prospectively. The rates will be subsumed in the cumulative revised rates of DA,” Anurag Thakur said.

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Thakur said freezing the DA hikes helped the government save more than Rs 37,000 crore. He added that this money was used in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

The restoration of the three pending DA and DR installments will be a major relief for over 60 lakh pensioners and roughly 50 lakh central government employees.

At the moment, central government employees get a DA of 17 per cent. A four per cent DA hike was approved for government employees last year. While this was meant to come to effect from January 1, 2021, it was delayed due to the pandemic.

But with the fresh assurance from the finance ministry, it becomes clear that central government employees and pensioners will get all the pending DA and DR benefits from July this year.

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