New Delhi, Sept 9: The Cabinet on Wednesday gave green signal to Government's proposal of 6 per cent dearness allowance(DA). It has been decided that DA of all the central Government employees will be increased to 119 per cent from 113 per cent.
The proposal will potentially benefit over one crore government employees and pensioners. The move has come just before the model code of conduct (Bihar Assembly election) to come into effect.
"The proposal to increase dearness allowance by six percentage points (from 113 per cent) to 119 per cent was approved by Union Cabinet today," a source said.
The DA hike will take effect from July 1. As per the agreed formula, the DA rate increase is an average of 12-month consumer price index-industrial workers from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.
In April, the government had hiked DA by 6 per cent to 113 per cent of their basic pay with effect from January. DA is paid as proportion of the basic pay.
The DA hike is in accordance with the accepted formula based on the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission, which will benefit 48 lakh government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.
Last month, the Cabinet had given approval for the extension of the term of the 7th Central pay commission by four months up to December 31.
(with inputs from PTI)