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7th Pay Commission: Delay in DA hike confirmed, why Sept is the month to watch out for

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New Delhi, Aug 20: The good news on the 7th Pay Commission has been delayed.

Central Government employees who were awaiting a hike in the Dearness Allowance, will have to wait a while longer. OneIndia had reported that the DA hike would not be implemented this month and an announcement to this effect would be made in September.

7th Pay Commission: Delay in DA hike confirmed, why Sept is the month to watch out for

While CG employees are eagerly awaiting good news on the hike in Dearness Allowance, the big question is when will it be implemented. Sources said that the hike of 5 per cent DA is unlikely to be implemented this month.

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However the source also added that there is a good chance that it may be implemented in September, 2019.

According to analysts and officials there is a good chance that the DA would be hiked by another 5 per cent. The Government is planning on hiking the DA once the AICPI figures are made available.

What CG employees must bear in mind is that the Dearness Allowance may be increased by 5 per cent. This could be the good news that may be on the way as a result of which the government did not take into account the demand for a hike in the basic minimum pay.

A Zee Biz report states that the DA hike would be implemented in September. The report stated that since September is the start of the festive season, it would be like a festival bonanza to the CG employees and hence there is a delay.

There is a possibility that the DA may be increased by 5 per cent. There is a tangible reason behind it and that is because, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, inflation has increased in April, 2019. However, there is a little uncertainty as CPI statistics for June, 2019 are yet to come and this will be revealed by the end of July.

This would mean that the DA would stand at 17 per cent. This would incidentally be the highest DA increment since 2016. The government had hiked the DA by 3 per cent in January 2019. At that time the AICPI stood at 301 and the DA at 10.36 per cent. If the index increases by 2 points then the DA calculation will be based on 17 per cent.

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CG employees would however hope that their demand for a pay hike be met too. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a pay hike of Rs 18,000.

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