Centre approves 5% hike in dearness allowance, 50 lakh govt employees to benefit

Cabinet approves 5% hike in dearness allowance

The Centre on Wednesday approved a 5% hike in Dearness Allowance to central government employees, and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from July 2019 to compensate for price rise.

The decision comes after the Union Cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi held early in the day.

Addressing a press conference, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said: “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi several decisions have been taken and good news for government employees is that Dearness Allowance has been hiked by 5%.”

“This is a Diwali gift to employees,” he added.

The dearness allowance will be raised to 17 per cent, said the minister. This will benefit over 48 lakh Central Government employees and 62 lakh pensioners.

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