Central DA to go up to 27% in Jan, but nothing in hand

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 12/2/2020 10:30:18 AM

NEW DELHI, Dec 1: The Dearness Allowance of the Central Government employees and the Dearness Relief of the pensioners is to go up to approximately 27%, but nothing will come in their hands because of the freeze effective from January 1, 2020 till June 30, 2021.
They are currently getting the DA at 17% at December 2019 rates as a 4% hike effective from January 2020 was announced by the government but not implemented due to the freeze order.
Sources in the Department of Personnel said both the DA hikes totalling 10% will be taken into account in the DA revision to be effected from July 1 next year, after the end of the freeze. They said how much the employees would be losing from January to March 2021 will be known only on December 31 when the all-India CPI for November 2020 is out.
The last consumer price index (CPI) for the industrial workers was released by the Labour Bureau that rose marginally to 5.91% in October from 5.62% in September. The index now stands at 119.5 for October 2020 and 118.1 in September 2020.
The Dearness Allowance for the Central Government Employees is calculated on the basis of 12 months average CPI-IW index. For the Central public sector employees, the Dearness Allowance is calculated on the average over the last three months. The freeze effected in case of the public sector employees is from October 1 to June 30.
The DA for the month of August 2020 remains at 26.4 and so the new index maybe 26.4 plus the average CPI (base 2016) over 12 months.



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