New-Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a hike of 3 percent in the Dearness Allowance or DA for the central government employees and Dearness Relief or DR for pensioners.
With the latest increase effective from January 2022, the DA has been hiked from 31% to 34%.
The increase in Dearness Allowance or DA comes as a relief for the central government employees amid the rising prices of fuel and increasing inflation.
The increase in DA was stalled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The decision is likely to benefit about 47.68 lakh central government employees and 68.62 lakh pensioners amid rising fuel and oil prices and inflation.
The last DA hike was given in October last year when it was increased from 28 percent to 31 percent.