7th Pay Commission:
The Cabinet Committee, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, approved the increase in Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners to 28% with effect from 1st July 2021. Dearness Allowance has been increased by 11%, which was earlier paid at an existing rate of 17% to 28%.
However, now Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, while not giving much importance to this decision of the government, said that this relief is nothing compared to the current economic situation of the country.
Adhir further said that this Dearness Allowance (DA) hike by 11% is not so big, as the current situation of the economy is favorable. People are facing many financial issues after the Covid-19 pandemic.
It must be noted that DA and DR were banned from 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but changed this decision in the Union Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday. The rate of Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief will remain at 17% for the period 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2021.