7th pay commission latest update: Central govt employees and pensioners may soon get relief on Dearness Allowance (DA). The government will soon make a major decision for the central government workers and pensioners who are getting 17 percent DA instead of 21 percent from April 2020 due to the corona crisis.
In April last year, it was decided by the government to implement the 17 percent of the DA due to the adverse effects of lockdown and corona.
Currently, the DA is being paid to the employees at the rate of 17 percent instead of the existing (21 percent). However, the deadline for the existing DA is till June 2021. As this deadline is approaching, employees and pensioners are expecting to get relief on the DA.
There are reports in the media that the central government can decide on the DA during Holi for January-June 2021. It is believed that the government should announce an increased DA for the first half. As a result, last year’s stalled decisions will be restored. If that happens, the employees will get a DA increase of about 25 percent.
In simpler terms, the government may announce a 4 percent DA for the January to June 2021 period that means their DA would become 25 percent of their basic monthly salary (17+4+4) once the DA is restored.
Around 58 lakh retired central government pensioners are waiting for the Dearness Allowance (DA) announcement as it is directly linked to their Dearness Relief (DR). They will get an increased pension when their DR is restored.
Travel Allowance (TA) will also automatically rise once the DA is announced for the central government employees.
‘Ease of Living’ For Family Members of Deceased Employees
The move will bring ‘ease of living’ for the family members of the deceased central government employees and would provide adequate financial security to them, claimed Singh.
Moreover, the minister informed that the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare (DoPPW) has issued clarification on the amount admissible in case a child is eligible to draw two family pensions after death of his or her parents.
“The amount of both the family pensions will now be restricted to Rs 1,25,000 per month, which is more than two and half times higher than the earlier limit”, he stated further.