New Delhi | Jagran Business Desk: The country celebrated Holi on March 29 with full fervour and enthusiasm following COVID-19 protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic. In another good news for over 1 crore Central Government employees, the Centre has also provided Rs 10,000 in advance to its employees under the Special Festival Allowance Scheme. The employee can avail of the benefits of this scheme till today, March 31, 2021.  

Apart from the Central government, several state governments are also providing gifts and grants for their employees on the occasion of Holi 2021. So as the festival of colours arrives, here we have brought you the list of the states giving benefits to employees ahead of Holi:

Madhya Pradesh

The state government has planned to clear 75 per cent of the third instalment of arrears according to the 7th pay commission before Holi. Well, this decision is not final yet as authorities are waiting for the completion of the required paperwork.


The state government has announced a 30 per cent hike in the salaries of the government employees. Also, the retirement age of the employees has been raised to 61 years.


The state government has announced a hike in DA (Dearness Allowance) for the government employees. Not just this, even pensioners have been given a 3 per cent hike in DA.

Central government

Finance Ministry has said that the central government employees will get relief in DA and by July 1, 2021, all three instalments which were on hold will get released. For unversed, central government employees DA was kept on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

The reason for this is that the government postponed the implementation at a new rate due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Generally, DA is amended twice every year (in January and July). The minister said that with the restoration of DA and DR from July 2021, about 50 lakh central government employees and more than 65 lakh pensioners will receive the benefit.

In another good news for over 1 crore central government employees, they will get full benefits of Dearness Allowance (DA) from July 1, 2021. He also said that all three pending instalments of the Dearness Relief for the pensioners will be restored from July 1. This decision of the central government will benefit more than one crore central government employees and pensioners, who were getting dearness allowance at the old rate. The 4 per cent hike in DA will increase the current DAR rate to 21 per cent. 

Posted By: Niharika Sanjeeiv