New Delhi: Compelled by the economic crisis due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Haryana government on Tuesday froze Dearness Allowance and Dearness relief to state government employees at the current rate till July 2021. Also Read - COVID-19: India Records Over 60,000 Cases For Fourth Straight Day; Total Tally Crosses 2.2 Million, Deaths Near 45K

“In view of the crisis arising out of COVID-19, it has been decided that additional instalment of Dearness Allowance payable to Haryana Government employees and Dearness Relief to Haryana government pensioners, due from January 1, 2020, shall not be paid,” the Haryana Finance Department said in an official statement. Also Read - India Men's Hockey Forward Mandeep Singh Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Manohar Lal Khattar government in state also decided to withdraw the additional DA and dearness relief instalments due from July 1 till January next year due to the financial crunch. However, it stated that the allowances will be continued to be paid at the current rate of 17 per cent. Also Read - BJP, Congress Leaders on Toes as Manipur MLAs to Participate in Trust Vote in Assembly

There are nearly 3.5 lakh government employees in Haryana spread across 38 departments and corporations.