Fact Check: Did Centre withdraw the Dearness Allowance cut announcement? Here’s the truth

In April 2020, Ministry of Finance announced that the additional instalment of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief to central government employees and pensioners that was due to be paid from January 1, 2020, will not be paid because of the economic slowdown arising out of nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19.

However, recently, a letter is being shared on social media with a claim that the announcement regarding Dearness allowance (DA) cut has been withdrawn by the government.

” केंद्रीय सरकार द्वारा DA कटौती की घोषणा वापस ले ली गई है, सभी केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों को 1 जनवरी 2020 से महंगाई भत्ता लागू होगा, ” the text attached to the letter read.

(Translation: Announcement of DA cut has been withdrawn by the Central government, Dearness Allowance will be applicable to all central employees from 1 January 2020)

Here’s the link to the above post.

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FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.

We noticed that the letter was written by the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) General Secretary M Raghavaiah.

We then ran a search and found the same letter on the official Twitter handle of NFIR dated May 12, 2020.

After carefully examining the letter, we realised that it is a  request letter and is written as an appeal to Prime Minister Modi to look into the issue of DA and DR cut.

Moreover, we also noticed that in the letter that is being circulated on social media, the original date and the letterhead has been edited and a new date (in entirely different font and format) has been added.

We also scanned through the website and the official social media handle of the Ministry of Finance but did not find any such order.

Moreover, the Press Information Bureau(PIB) in a tweet confirmed that the viral post is false.

Hence, based on the above information, we can conclude that the post in question is fake.

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