scorecardresearchCabinet raises dearness allowance for central govt employees by 3 percent: Report

Cabinet raises dearness allowance for central govt employees by 3 percent: Report

Updated: 31 Mar 2022, 10:22 AM IST
TL;DR.

This will benefit nearly 4.8 million central government employees as well as 6.9 million pensioners

The DA hike will be effective from January 1, 2022.

The DA hike will be effective from January 1, 2022.

The Union Cabinet approved the raising of dearness allowance (DA) and dearness relief (DR) for central government employees by 3 per cent to 34 per cent, reported Business Standard.

This will benefit about 4.8 million central government employees and 6.9 million pensioners and will be effective from January 1, 2022, wrote Business Standard.

The statement said this was to compensate for price rise and was “in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.”

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of increase in DA and DR will be 9,544.5 crore per annum.

In October last year, the Cabinet had hiked the two allowances by three per cent to 31 per cent. It was effective from July 1, 2021. Prior to that in July, the government had restored DA and DR and raised the rate of allowance from 17 per cent to 28 per cent.

Because of the pandemic, the central government froze three additional instalments of DA and DR, due on January 1, 2020, July 1, 2020, and January 1, 2021.

MSME programme

The Cabinet also cleared a World Bank-assisted 6,062 crore funding programme for small and medium businesses to help improve their access to market and credit. The programme, named ‘Raising and Accelerating MSM Perfor­mance’ (RAMP) for MSMEs will commence in FY23.

Of the total outlay under the programme, 3,750 crore ($500 million) will come from World Bank loan, and the remaining 2,312.45 crore will be funded by the Centre. A total of 555,000 MSMEs have been specifically targeted for enhanced performance.

 

First Published: 31 Mar 2022, 10:22 AM IST