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7th Pay Commission: Central Govt Employees To Soon Get 3% DA Hike – News18


7th Pay Commission: Even as inflation is getting hardened on the back of costly vegetables due to adverse climatic conditions, the government is expected to increase the dearness allowance (DA) by 3 percentage points to 45 per cent. The DA hike, likely to be announced soon, will be effective from July 1, 2023.

The dearness allowance for employees and pensioners is worked out on the basis of the latest Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) brought out by the Labour Bureau every month. The Labour Bureau is a wing of the Labour Ministry.

“The CPI-IW for June 2023 was released on July 31, 2023. We are demanding a four percentage point hike in dearness allowance. But the dearness allowance hike works out to be a little over three percentage points. The government does not factor in hiking DA beyond the decimal point. Thus DA is likely to be increased by three percentage points to 45 per cent,” All India Railwaymen Federation General Secretary Shiva Gopal Mishra said recently told PTI.

He also said the expenditure department of the finance ministry will formulate a proposal to hike DA along with its revenue implication and will put up the proposal before the Union Cabinet for approval.

Currently, over one crore central government employees and pensioners are getting a 42 per cent dearness allowance.

DA is given to government employees, while DR is given to pensioners. DA and DR are hiked twice a year — January and July.

In the last hike in March 2023, the DA was increased by 4 per cent to 42 per cent. Given the current inflation rate, the next DA hike is expected to be 4 per cent, as per various reports.

Recently, various state governments, including Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Himachal Pradesh, increased dearness allowance for their state government employees.

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