The Centre on Thursday decided to freeze the three instalments of dearness allowance (DA) for central government employees and pensioners till July 2021
The decision was taken as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country.
The Centre, however, announced that dearness allowance (DA) and dearness relief (DR) will be continued to be paid at the current rate.
“The additional instalment of dearness allowance (DA) payable to central government employees and dearness relief (DR) to central government pensioners, due from 1 January 2020 shall not be paid,” the union finance ministry stated in a statement.
“Additional instalments of DA and DR from 1 July 2020 and 1 January 2021 shall also not be paid,” the statement added.
It is estimated that the move will help the Centre save around Rs 27,000 crore till March 2021.