DA hiked by 6%, to benefit 1 crore employees, pensioners1 min read . Updated: 23 Mar 2016, 04:46 PM IST
The DA hike, which will cost the exchequer an additional Rs14,724.74 crore annually, will take effect from 1Jan 2016, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
New Delhi: On the eve of Holi festival, the government on Wednesday hiked dearness allowance (DA) by 6%, benefiting over 1 crore central government employees and pensioners.
The hike, which will cost the exchequer an additional ₹ 14,724.74 crore annually, will take effect from 1January 2016, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after the meeting of the Union Cabinet which took the decision.
The burden on exchequer would be ₹ 6,795.5 core towards central government employees and ₹ 7,929.24 crore towards pensioners during 2016-17, he said.
The DA, which will benefit, 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners, will go up from the existing 119% to 125%.
Dearness allowance is paid as a portion of basic pay of employees to neutralise the impact of inflation. Pensioners get dearness relief.
The central government revises DA twice in a year on the basis of one year average of retail inflation for industrial workers as per a pre-determined formula.
In September last year, DA was increased to 119% from 113% with effect from 1 July 2015. In April last year, the government had hiked DA by 6 percentage points to 113% of the basic pay with effect from 1 January 2015.