Central Government employees will get additional dearness allowance at the rate of 10 per cent. This will benefit 50 lakh present employee and 30 lakh pensioners. The new rate will be effective from July 1, 2013.
PTI adds: The Government today approved a proposal to hike dearness allowance to 90 per cent from the existing 80 per cent.
“The Union Cabinet approved the proposal to increase dearness allowance to 90 per cent at its meeting here. The hike would be effective from July 1 this year,” a source said.
According to the source, the increase in DA to 90 per cent would result in additional annual expenditure of Rs 10,879 crore. There would be an additional burden of Rs 6,297 crore on the exchequer during 2013-14 on account of this hike in DA.
This is a double digit hike in DA after about three years.
It was in September 2010 that the Government had last announced a hike of 10 per cent to be given with effect from July 1, 2010.
The DA was hiked to 80 per cent from 72 per cent in April 2013, effective from January 1 this year.
In keeping with practice, the Government used the CPI-IW data for the past 12 months to arrive at a number for the purpose of a DA hike.
The retail inflation for industrial workers between July 2012 and June 2013 was used to compute the increase in DA.
(Source- G Connect)