Centre may announce DA hike for central govt employees next month
Central government employees waiting for hiked DAs may have to wait a little more as the announcement for Dearness Allowance (DA) hike due since 1st January 2021 may get further delayed, reported Livemint. The National Council of JCM — Staff Side told the publication that the center may announce DA hike for central government servants (CGS) next month i.e. in June.
The JCM office bearer reiterated that DA hike would be to the tune of at least 4 per cent of the basic salary of a central government employee.
The financial daily quoted Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary — Staff Side at the National Council of JCM saying, “We are in constant touch with the Department of Expenditure officials at the Ministry of Finance and the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) officials. They are of the opinion that whole plan of the center has got disturbed after the second wave of Covid-19 in India and hence everything has been shifted by near one month. So, the DA hike announcement which was expected by April end or by May first fortnight may now get shifted to June.”
He was further cited saying that it won’t have much impact on the central government employees 7th CPC pay matrix as the center has already freezed DA and DR benefit of central government servants and pensioners till June 2021.
For the unversed, earlier this year in March, Minister of State (MoS) at the Ministry of Finance announced in the Upper House of the parliament that DA and DR benefit will be restored from 1st July 2021. This means that even if the DA hike due since 1st January 2021 is announced now, it will be restored from 1st July only.
Talking about much DA hike can be expected, Mishra told the online publication, “As per the DA hike calculation, average inflation for July to December 2020 comes around 3.5 per cent that means the minimum DA hike that a central government will get is 4 per cent of their basic salary.”
In regards to the three installments of the DA, he reiterated that the JCM and other concerned central government officials are in constant touch and they are soon going to sit together and discuss about the payment of three DA installments.
The meeting of the National Council of JCM and the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) and the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) officials to resolve the 7th Central Pay Commission matrix issue has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The meeting to solve the issue was postponed from May 8, 2021, to the last week of May 2021 in wake of pandemic. After the restoration of pending DA, the 7th CPC salary of central government employees will increase significantly owing to a jump in DA from 17% to 28%.