7th Pay Commission: Government employees to receive 18-month DA arrears

7th Pay Commission: Government employees to receive 18-month DA arrears

Meanwhile, indications indicate that the Central government employees should soon receive their DA arrears, which date back 18 months. The demand for DA back pay has been growing among government workers for a while.

As per various sources suggest that the government employees will get the 18-month DA arrears in three installments. Notably, government employees have not been given the DA arrears of 18 months from January 2020 to June 2021 due to the COVID pandemic.

If the media reports are to be believed, the DA arrears of Level-3 employees will be around Rs 11,880 to Rs 37,554 and for those belonging to  Level-13 or Level-14, it will be between Rs 1,44,200 to Rs 2,18,200.

7th Pay Commission: Reports from multiple sources suggest that the government employees will get the 18-month DA arrears in three installments.

Recently in September, the Centre had hiked the DA of all Central government employees by 4 percent  from 34 percent to 38 percent. The hike has benefitted more than 50 lakh government employees and over 61 lakh pensioners across the country.

As per the annual report of the Department of Expenditure, there are a total of 48 lakh central employees in the country and about 60 lakh pensioners who are eligible to get the pending arrears of 18 months.

7th Pay Commission: Dearness Allowance hike by 4%

The Dearness Allowance for employees of the Central Government was raised by the Center by 4% in September. From 34 to 38 percent, the DA was raised. Prior to January 2022, the Dearness Allowance for government employees was 31 percent; it was thereafter increased to 34 percent. Surprisingly, the 4% DA increase has benefited 61 lakh retirees nationwide as well as more than 50 lakh government workers.

7th Pay Commission: When is the next DA hike?

Government workers are meantime requesting information on their upcoming DA raises. Government employees are anticipated to get their next DA raise in March 2023, based on the Centre’s decisions on DA hikes and current patterns. According to reports, the Centre is also expected to raise the DA by 3 to 5 percent based on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
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