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Central Government Employees Anticipate 3% DA Hike as Inflation Soars

In the latest developments, a significant number of central government employees are eagerly awaiting the forthcoming Dearness Allowance (DA) hike. According to recent data and reports, there is a strong likelihood that the government will announce a 3 percent increase in the current DA rate, which currently stands at 42 percent.

The surge in retail inflation in the country, reaching a 15-month high in July, has fuelled expectations for a 3 percent DA hike among employees. If this announcement materializes, it will elevate the DA for central government employees to 45 percent.

While there hasn’t been an official confirmation regarding the specific date for the DA and Dearness Relief (DR) announcement, the latest reports indicate that the good news could arrive in September for both central government employees and pensioners. If confirmed, the DA hike will be retroactively effective from July 1, 2023.

The Central government makes announcements regarding DA and DR adjustments twice a year, catering to central employees and pensioners. This allowance is crucial in mitigating the effects of inflation. The computation of the DA amount relies on the most recent data from the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW), in accordance with the guidelines established by the 7th Pay Commission.

The DA and DR benefits extend to over 1 crore central government employees and pensioners at present. With the earlier hike of 4 percent implemented in January of this year, the DA rate escalated from 38 percent to its current level of 42 percent.

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