No memorandum issued on resumption of DA to Govt employees, says Finance Ministry

No memorandum issued on resumption of DA to Govt employees, says Finance Ministry

Hummingbird News Desk

NEW DELHI, 26 JUNE: The Union Ministry of Finance on Saturday issued a notice saying it has not issued any Office Memorandum regarding resumption of DA and DR from 1 July as a document has been doing rounds on social media.

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This comes at a time when the Central government has scheduled to hold a meeting to take a call on the pending Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) of 52 lakh central government employees and 60 lakh central government pensioners.

Issuing a clarification, the Union Ministry of Finance said that the Office Memorandum (OM) is fake and no such OM has been issued by the Central government.

โ€œA document is doing rounds on social media claiming resumption of DA to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners from July 2021. This Office Memorandum (OM) is fake. No such OM has been issued by GoI,โ€ the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.

Earlier, various media portals carried the news that the DA and DR of the Central government employees will be hiked from July as has been announced in the Parliament. Reports claimed that the Central government in the Parliament had said that the pending DA and DR revisions will resume from 1 July, 2021. However, the Ministry of Finance has now called it fake. 

According to the order issued on April 23, 2020, no arrears will be paid for the period from January 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.

The government had hiked the dearness of allowance (DA) by 4% in January 2020, by 3% in June 2020, and by 4% in January this year.

Meanwhile, the Congress party also demanded immediate release of dearness allowance (DA) to 115 lakh government employees, including armed forces personnel, that was suspended last year because of the Covid pandemic.

Hitting out at the government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said it is a crime to “loot”ย โ‚น37,500 crore from soldiers, government employees and pensioners.

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