New Delhi, September 25: This week saw a couple of developments related to the government employees under the 7th Pay Commission. These developments were essentially about the rate of dearness allowance or DA under the 7th Pay Commission. One of the developments is about a section of government employees in Himachal Pradesh. Another is concerning state government employees in Uttarakhand. Here's a wrap up. 7th Pay Commission Latest News Today: Festive Bonanza for Central Government Employees Soon?

The week started with the news of hike in the rate of dearness relief (DR) of central government employees, under the 5th Pay Commission. The Centre hiked the rate of DR by 44 percent surviving CPF beneficiaries who retired from service between November 18, 1960 and December 31, 1985. They will now get 356 percent of the basic ex-gratia as DR with effect from July 1, 2021.

The Centre announced 11 percent hike in the rate of DA of central government employees, under the 7th Pay Commission, from July 1. Following the Centre's footsteps, the Himachal Pradesh government had also hiked the DA rate of IAS, IPS and IFS officers by 11 percent. However, this did not go well with state government employees as the government had hike their DA rate just by 6 percent.

The difference in hike for IAS, IPS and IFS officers, and state government employees reportedly led to resentment. Consequently, the state government on Thursday withdrew the notification issuing 11 percent hike in the rate of DA of IAS, IPS and IFS officers.

In a separate development related to the 7th Pay Commission, the Uttarakhand Cabinet on Friday gave its approval to payment of increased DA to the state government employees with retrospective effect from July 1. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had lifted the freeze on payment of DA to the state government employees on August 25 and increased it from 17 to 28 per cent.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Sep 25, 2021 04:41 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website