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Cabinet approves 2% hike in DA/DR for central staff, pensioners

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New Delhi, Oct 27 : The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a two per cent hike in the Dearness Allowance (DA) for central government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) for pensioners, with effect from July 1 this year, said Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

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The decision will benefit more than 50 lakh government employees and more than 54 lakh pensioners, he said.

“The cabinet has given its approval to release an instalment of DA to central government employees and DR to pensioners from July 1, representing an increase of two per cent of the revised basic pay/pension, to compensate for price rise,” Jaitley said.

He said that the increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, based on 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations.

As per the formula, the government increases DA on the basis of the 12-month average of retail inflation, but does not consider price rise rate beyond a decimal point for reaching the deciding the DA rate.

The government pays DA as a proportion of the basic pay to mitigate the impact of inflation. The pensioners too get the DR.

The hike would cost the exchequer Rs 5,622.10 crore per annum. For the eight months (July 2016 to February 2017), the cost to exchequer will be Rs 3,748.06 crore.

The government had last hiked the DA in March this year by six per cent to 125 per cent of the basic pay.

In 2015, the DA was hiked in April by six per cent to 113 per cent of the basic pay and then to 119 per cent in September.

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Delhi Police advises people to spend New Year at home

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New Delhi, 31 Dec : Delhi Police on Thursday decided not to allow any public gathering on December 31 and January 1 from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the wake of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) order, and advised people to spend New Year in their homes.

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Govt plans to clarify misconceptions on farm laws in farmers meet

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New Delhi, 1 Dec : As the farmers have agreed to hold talks with the Central government, a group of cabinet ministers would clear their misconceptions about the three farm laws enacted in September during the Monsoon Session of Parliament — the bone of contention.

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New Delhi, 23 Nov. : Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to hold a meeting with the Chief Ministers of States over the coronavirus situation on Tuesday, via video conferencing.
According to the sources, PM Narendra Modi is likely to discuss the rollout of the vaccine program in the states during the COVID-19 review meeting with CMs.

Reportedly, he will hold virtual meetings with the Chief Ministers of Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, West Bengal, and Kerala.

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