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 - CDC's U-Turn Amid Covid Delta Variant Fears: Vaccinated People to Wear Masks Again in US

“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 - Saudi Plans to Impose Penalties, Travel Ban on Its Citizens For Visiting ‘Red List’ Countries

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 - Centre Writes To States, Seeks Report On Number of Deaths Due to Oxygen Shortage During 2nd Wave

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