Will Central govt staff’s DA be hiked to 38% next week?

Talk of DA hike has been there for some time now, and it is hoped that the same will be announced before the festival season

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Central government employees are expecting that their dearness allowance (DA) will be hiked by four per cent very soon. In fact, media reports are suggesting that their DA will be increased to 38 per cent, and the announcement to this effect will be made by Navaratri, although official confirmation is awaited.

In addition to the DA increment, employees can also expect to receive arrears for July and August.

The DA is revised twice a year for Central government employees, and given first for the January to June period and then for the July to December period.

In March, the DA and DR were hiked by three per cent taking into account the price rise. Therefore, the DA for more than one crore employees and pensioners had gone up to 34 per cent.

All India Consumer Price Index (AICPI) reportedly went up to 127.7 in April thanks to inflation. In May, it rose further to 129. Considering the rising AICPI, a hike of four per cent in DA is expected. If that happens, Central government employees will receive a DA of 38 per cent on their basic salary.

That means, post implementation, a government employee with a basic salary of Rs 18,000 can expect to receive Rs 8640 as DA.

Presently, government employees receive a DA of 34 per cent on their basic salary.

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