New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government reportedly announced a hike in the Dearness Allowances (DA) after the Central government employees received their share of the bonanza, as per the seventh pay commission. An official notification of Uttar Pradesh government dated March 20 stated, “According to this order, the payment of the due Dearness Allowance for the period of January 1, 2019 to February 28, 2019 will be done in cash as soon as possible in this Financial Year only. The DA for the month of March will be paid along with the salary in the month of April.”

The notification further read: “The 10 per cent from the DA arrears of the employees covered under National Pension Scheme (NPS) will be deposited into their Tier- I pension account and the state government will also contribute a similar amount into the employees’ pension accounts.”

In the month of February, the Central government employees received a 3 per cent hike in their DA effective from January 1, 2019, to “compensate” for price rise. This move of the BJP government is likely to benefit nearly 1.1 crore central government employees and pensioners. As per the official 7th Pay Commission report, “The Dearness Allowance (DA) is paid to Central Government employees to adjust the cost of living and to protect their Basic Pay from erosion in the real value on account of inflation.”

Prior to the 3 per cent hike, the existing rate of DA was 9 per cent to government employees. Moreover, dearness relief (DR) was promised to pensioners with effect from January 1, 2019. The news was reportedly shared by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley briefly after a Cabinet meeting held in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The hike reportedly benefited about 48.41 lakh central government employees and 62.03 lakh pensioners.