New Delhi | Jagran Business Desk: The Delhi government on Wednesday put on hold the Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for around 2.2 lakh government employees and pensioners till July 2021, in view of the country's financial situation amid the coronavirus pandemic, following a similar step by the Centre.

Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief, however, will continue to be paid at the current rate of 17 per cent. The dearness allowance for employees and dearness relief for pensioners were due from January 2020. The Delhi finance department has issued an order endorsing the central government's order to put on hold hike in DA and DR till July 2021.

"The Centre's order on the issue of DA and DR has been endorsed by the Delhi government and it will also be applicable on Delhi government employees and pensioners," a government official said, as reported by news agency PTI. Money saved by the move can be used to combat COVID-19 in the national capital, the official said.

Umesh Batra, general secretary of Delhi government employees welfare association, said that the move will affect around 2.2 lakh state employees and pensioners.

Last month, the Union government had announced a 4 per cent increase in dearness allowance (DA) for its 50 lakh employees and 61 lakh pensioners beginning January 1, 2020. But it recently froze the inflation-linked allowance in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Several states have followed suit.

Delhi government employees and pensioners will continue to receive DA and DR, respectively, at the current rate -- 17 per cent -- till June 30, 2021.

Delhi is the third worst affected state in India due to coronavirus, with 3,439 positive cases of the COVID-19, with 56 deaths recorded so far. In the country, the deadly conatgion has afflicted more than 33,000 people and claimed lives of 1,074 people.

 

(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan