New Delhi: At a time when the central government employees are still awaiting further increase in the minimum pay, a big news is making rounds that is likely to benefit over 1 crore employees and pensioners of the Central and State Government.
As per a report of Zeebiz Online, these 1 crore employees may soon get three per cent Dearness Allowance (DA) effective from January 1, 2019, informed Harishankar Tiwari, Praygraj based AG Office Brotherhood and ex-Assistant Secretary-General of All India Audit and Accounts Association.
Based on Consumer Price Index, a calculation was made which revealed that the DA has been set to be hiked closer to three per cent, while this is the first time that the allowance may increase by 3 per cent, since the implementation of 7th Pay Commission on January 1, 2016.
“According to the experts, the DA may stay at 3 percent or more from 2019. However, if the consumer price index of December rises to 6 per cent, the employees might get up to 4 percent DA. If there is a deficit of 26 points in the consumer price index, then the DA will be 2 per cent. But the likelihood of such a decrease in the Consumer Price Index is unlikely, as such it is believed that employees can get DA closer to 3 percent,” reported Zeebiz Online.
The Dearness Allowance is a cost of living adjustment allowance paid to Government employees, and calculated as a percentage of an Indian citizen’s basic salary to mitigate the impact of inflation on people.