Hyderabad: A notice claiming that Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for Central government employees and pensioners will resume from July 2021 has been circulating on social media.
The document reads, "….the Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief frozen during the COVID-19 crisis is to be resumed from 1st July, 2021. The additional instalments of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief due from 1st July, 2020 and 1st Jan 2021 shall be paid in three instalments."
The notice is fake.
Central government employees get a Dearness Allowance (DA) of 17 per cent and in March 2020 it was hiked by four per cent. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in April 2020 the government had halted the hike in Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for government employees and pensioners, respectively.
Although, in March this year the ministry had declared that the Central government employees and pensioners will get full DA benefits from 1 July 2021, the viral notice is fake and was not issued by the government.
With respect to the viral notice, the finance ministry clarified that it is fake and that it has not issued any order regarding the resumption of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief. The same was also clarified by the Press Bureau of Information.
The National Council of Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM), headed by Central government employees, and finance ministry officials were scheduled to meet on 26 June 2021 to discuss this issue. However, the viral notice was not passed by the finance ministry and the notice is fake. (Source: Times of India. Hindustan Times)