Cabinet approves 4% additional installment of Dearness Allowance

New Delhi, Mar 7 (UNI) In view of Lok Sabha elections in the next 2-3 months, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved to release an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) of 4 per cent to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from January 1 this year.

The Government has given an increase of 4 per cent over the existing rate of 46 per cent of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate against price rise, an official press release said here.

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs.12,868.72 crore per annum. This will benefit about 49.18 lakh Central Government employees and 67.95 lakh pensioners.

This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, the statement added.

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