DoPT issues new instructions for night duty allowance

The Government will calculate the night duty allowance (NDA) for each employee separately, based on the basic pay on the date of performing night duty


The practice of giving night duty allowance to the employees of the Central government with a particular Grade Pay has been terminated. As per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued new instructions with regard to night duty allowance (NDA). The Central government has done away with the current practice of paying NDA to all employees with a particular Grade Pay. The new instructions issued by DoPT will come into effect from July 1, 2017.

From now on, there will be no compensation given to employees in cases where the working hours have been calculated taking into consideration the night weightage factor.

Only duty that has been discharged from 10 in the night to 6 in the morning will be considered as night duty.

A cap has been established on the basic pay for applying NDA. From now on, the ceiling of basic pay, for eligibility for NDA, will be Rs. 43,600/- per month.

There will be a uniform weightage of 10 minutes for every hour of night duty performed.

Night Duty Allowance will be paid by the Governemnt at the hourly rate, calculated thus: BP+DA/200. Here, the basic pay and dearness allowance taken into account will be as per the 7th Pay Commission. The same calculation will be used for employees of all ministries and departments.

Each employee’s NDA will be calculated separately according to her/his basic pay on the date of night duty.