7th Pay Commission latest update: DA hike for Railway employees, Armed Forces Soon; respective ministries to issue separate orders
The Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Railways will soon announce the DA hike for Railway employees, Armed Forces in separate orders.
7th Pay Commission latest news: The Cabinet Committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved to increase the Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners to 28 per cent representing an increase of 11 per cent over the existing rate of 17 per cent of the Basic Pay/ Pension on 14 July.
As per an Office Memorandum (OM) issued by the Ministry of Finance’s Department of Expenditure, this Dearness Allowance hike will be applied to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates.
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The Department of Expenditure has mentioned that the Dearness Allowance hike for Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees will be announced soon. Similarly, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Railways will announce the DA hike for Railway employees, Armed Forces in separate orders.
The OM mentioned, “These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.”
The instalments of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees due from January 01, 2020, July 01, 2020, and January 01, 2021, were frozen and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the DearnessAllowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 17 per cent to 28 per cent of the basic pay with effect from July 01, 2021, as per the OM.
“The increase subsumes the additional instalments arising on January 01, 2020, July 01, 2020, and January 01, 2021. The rate of Dearness Allowance for the period from January 01, 2020, till June 30, 2021, shall remain at 17 per cent,” the OM mentioned.
It further added that the term ‘basic pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations accepted by the Government, but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc.
The Office Memorandum also adds: “The Dearness Allowance will continue to be a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of FR 9(21).”
The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored, the OM said.
In their application to the persons belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders are issued under Article 148(5) of the Constitution and after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India, as per the OM.
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