Cabinet approves 2 percent Dearness Allowance hike

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2017. It has increased by 2% over the existing rate of 2% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.
This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs 5,857.28 crore per annum and Rs 6,833.50 crore in the Financial Year 2017-18 (for a period of 14 months from January 2017 to February 2018).
This will benefit about 48.85 lakh Central Government employees and 55.51 lakh, pensioners.


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