7th Pay Commission Update: Central Government Staff Set For Dussehra Bonanza as Modi Government Mulls Increase in Dearness Allowance
PM Narendra Modi and Central government staff. (Photo Credit: File)

New Delhi, August 12: With the arrival of festive seasons, PM Narendra Modi is going to gift te Central government employees a big Dusshera gift as it is planning to hike the 'dearness allowance (DA)'. Reports are arriving that the Union government is mulling increase of DA under the 7th pay commission recommendations.

According to reports, the Central government staff are expecting a hike of five per cent in DA, which is currently 12 per cent. It is to be known that the government does an analysis of this DA in every six months and upgrade has been under consideration for the last couple of months. 7th Pay Commission Allowance News: Festival Advance Hiked For Employees of This State

Earlier, the DA was hiked by Modi government in the first tenure in January 2019, however, it was supposed to be implemented in July. But due to some administrative issue, it was long pending and now the central government is thinking to deliver it by last week of August or the festive season that starts with Dusshera. As the festival begins from October 8, the government staff will also get arrears for July, August and September, if the Union government agrees.

Considering the fact that Maharashtra government recently decided to give DA to state government employees after implementing recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for the state municipal corporation, municipal council and Nagar Panchayat employees and pensioners in July, around four lakh employees were benefitted.

As per the plan, the Maharashtra government has implemented the 7th Pay Commission recommendations from 1st January 2019 for all state government employees. For this, the state exchequer will have to shred around Rs 1.4 lakh crore - a lot more than Rs 62,123 crore it was spending earlier.

Dearness Allowance or DA is given to the government staff, either by the state or central government to meet the rise in inflation and adjust government employee's salary with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).