Starting 1 July 2022, the Centre will hike the present DA from 34 per cent to 38 per cent. This hike of four per cent has been decided on the basis of the All India Consumer Price Index (AICPI) for March.
The AICP Index fell from 125.1 in January to 125 in February. In March, however, it went up to 126. The figures for April to June are yet to arrive.
With the index going over 126, the Centre will be able to afford the four per cent DA hike. As a result, there will be a positive change in the basic salary.
That means, for those with maximum basic salary, the monthly DA will be pushed up by Rs 2,276 per month, that is, a yearly hike of Rs 27,312. For those with minimum basic salary, the DA will be increased by Rs 720 per month, that means, Rs 8640 per year.
It is being hoped that the Government would raise the fitment factor from 2.57 times to 3.68 times. If that happens, as has been long demanded by employees, the minimum pay may go up to Rs 26,000.
Currently, employees are receiving salary as per a 2.57 per cent fitment factor. It this is increased to 3.68 per cent, a hike of Rs 8,000 can be expected in the minimum salary.