DA arrears due for 18 months, Rs 2.18 lakh to be credited to Central Staff accounts


New Delhi: There is very good news for lakhs of central employees and retirees. If all goes well, these people’s wait for DA’s 18-month arrears may soon be over. If the news is to be believed, the decision on ongoing talks with the government over DA arrears may come soon.

It is said that the issue of the outstanding DA arrears of 18 months has reached Prime Minister Modi. In such a situation, the decision on the outstanding cost-of-living allowance is expected to come soon.

If the government accepts the talk of central employees and retirees, then Rs.2.18 billion combined could soon come into their accounts. In fact, headquarters staff have long requested the release of the withheld DA from January 2020 to June 2021.

Significantly, due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the Treasury had halted the DA increase in May 2020 until June 30, 2021. Sources say there will be a Joint Consultative Mechanism (JCM) meeting with officials from the Treasury Department, the Department of Human Resources and Training and the Department of Expenditure. The one-off payment of DA arrears should be discussed. In such a situation, there are reports that the government can reimburse employees up to Rs 2.18 lakh as DA arrears. DA backlogs depend on the level of staff.

The workers’ and pensioners’ organization constantly demands that the government pay these arrears. These people say that the Supreme Court’s ruling is that salary and benefits are the employee’s right. In such a situation, workers should also get the benefit of 18 months of back pay.

Let us inform you that the love allowance for central employees has been increased by 28 percent from July 1st by the central government. They used to be paid 17 percent. At the same time, it was increased to 3 percent and 31 percent in October 2021. At the same time, the inflation surcharge was increased again by 3 percent in March 2022.

At a rough estimate, Level 1 employees’ DA arrears range from Rs 11,880 to Rs 37,554. DA from Rs 1,44,200 to Rs 2,18,200 is drawn on employees at Level 13 (7th CPC basic salary scale from Rs 1,23,100 to Rs 2,15,900) or Level 14 (salary scale). The level of arrears will vary for different grades.

In fact, government employees and public sector employees as well as retirees are provided with the tax break and tax break. DA is awarded to improve the living conditions of government employees. It is awarded to government employees, public sector employees and retirees. The reason for this is that the standard of living of the employees should be maintained even with rising inflation.

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