‘No DA Arrears for 18 Months for CG Employees & Pensioners’
Are you eagerly awaiting the release of 18 months’ worth of DA arrears for Central Government employees and pensioners that were stopped during the Covid-19 epidemic?
Look no further than the latest update from Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Shri Pankaj Chaudhary. The decision to freeze three instalments of Dearness Allowance (DA)/Dearness Relief (DR) was made in response to the economic disruption caused by the pandemic. In Parliament today, Shri Pankaj Chaudhary, the Minister of State for Finance, addressed the matter of 18 months of DA arrears that are owed from January 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021. [Read full story]
Today (13.12.2022) in Parliament, the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Pankaj Chaudhary, addressed queries regarding the payment of Dearness Relief (DR) arrears of 18 months to pensioners. He informed that several Central Government employees and pensioner associations, including the National Council (JCM), National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR), and JCOs/OR Veterans Association (JOVA) have submitted requests for the release of 18 months arrears of DA and DR. Due to the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision to freeze three installments of DA and DR to Central Government employees and pensioners scheduled from January 2020 to January 2021 was taken to ease pressure on Government finances.
As the adverse financial impact of pandemic in 2020 and the financing of welfare measures taken by Government has a fiscal spill over beyond Financial Year 2020-21, release of arrears of DA/DR was not considered feasible.
A letter dated August 18, 2022, was sent by the National Council (Staff Side) JCM Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary requesting payment of Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief from 01.01.2020, 01.07.2020, and 01.01.2021 along with arrears for the duration of 18 months. The Staff-Side is willing to discuss the method of payment for the arrears. [Click to read more]
From July 2021 onward, all CG employees and pensioners will be receiving a payment of 28% of DA and DR on their basic pay and basic pension, respectively. This is because the accumulated percentage of Dearness Allowance from January 2020 to June 2021 has been included in the existing DA and approved for dispersion.
From January 2020 to June 2021, all Central Government Employees and Pensioners were granted a fixed Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) rate of 17% for a period of 18 months. However, the Government of India has recently discontinued the additional DA and DR for this period. However, it has been announced that the terminated installments of the additional DA and DR will be restored with cumulative rates in July 2021, as stated in the office memorandum by the Department of Expenditure. Therefore, the next anticipated DA and DR increase will only occur in July 2021.
As per the Finmin Order, there will be no payment of DA and DR arrears for the duration of three installments ranging from 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2021.
3 Additional DA will Restore in July 2021
As stated in paragraph 2 of the Finance Ministry order, the rates of the suspended period will be restored on a cumulative basis once the Government declares the future installment of DA and DR due from July 1, 2021. The following table outlines the segments of DA that have been suspended.
July to December 2021: 17% + 3 Additional DA + DA July 2021
July to December 2021: DA announcement expected!
|July to December 2022||38% (34%+4%=38%)|
|January to June 2022||34% (31%+4%=34%)|
|July to December 2021||31% (28%+3%=31%)|
|January to June 2021||17% (24%+4%=28%)|
|July to December 2020||17% (21%+3%=24%)|
|January to June 2020||17% (17%+4%=21%)|
|July to December 2019||17% (12%+5%)=17%|
|January to June 2019||12% (9%+3%=12%)|
|July to December 2018||9% (7%+2%=9%)|
|January to June 2018||7% (5%+2%=7%)|
|July to December 2017||5% (4%+1%)=5%|
|January to June 2017||4% (2%+2%=4%)|
|July to December 2016||2% (0+2%=2%)|
|January to June 2016||0|
It refers to a temporary halt in the increase of additional DA which is provided to Central Government employees and pensioners twice a year. This has been provisionally stopped for a period of 18 months, from January 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
The terms Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) are interchangeable. These benefits are given to current employees and retired employees, respectively. The calculation for Dearness Allowance is based on the government employees’ current basic pay, while the Dearness Relief calculation is based on the basic pension amount for retired government employees. [Click to read continue…]
DA Increase for Govt Employees and Pensioners temporarily suspended till July 2021 due to COVID 19 Crisis. [Click to read more]
This calculator can help you estimate your Dearness Allowance (D.A.) arrears. To use it, choose your pay matrix level and input your basic salary. The calculator will provide you with an approximation of the arrears amount for the 18-month period between January 1, 2022, and June 30, 2021.[Click to read more]
There is an uncomplicated calculator available for calculating Dearness Relief (D.R.) Arrears. By selecting your pay matrix level and basic pension, you can obtain an estimated sum of arrears for a period of 18 months from January 1st, 2022 to June 30th, 2021. [Click to read more]
Also Check: Central Government Pay Matrix Table 2022 PDF