Invitation from DoP&T to attend JCM
Deputy Secretary, Sh. S.P.Pant, Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions, has sent a letter, No. 3/4/2021-JCA dated 16.06.2021 to Sh. Gopal Mishra, Secretary, National Council (Staff Side) JCM citing that agenda points are finalized and invited to discuss the agenda points on 26.06.2021.
The outcome of the agenda point on which around 50 Lakh central government employees and 65 Lakh central government pensioners are eagerly waiting the announcement of DA and DR with arrears from January 2020. The Government of India has freezed DA & DR to reduce the expenses due to the unprecedented pandemic.
Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) is given to the serving employee and pensioners to null the inflation so that purchasing power could not be reduced.
On the other hand, the staff side demands to release the DA and DR with arrears from January 2020.
It may be that Government may again stand on its earlier decision that the arrear of DA & DR freezed wouldn’t be released due to expenses increased in pandemic as several packages were announced to boost up the economy and also distributed food grains to crores of people. However, the Government may agree to release the accumulated percentage from July 2021.
In a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Sh. Anurag Thakur mentioned that the decision to release the future installments of Dearness Allowance due from 01.07.2021 is taken, the rates of DA as effective from 01.01.2020, 01.07.2020 and 01.01.2021 will be restored prospectively and will be subsumed in the cumulative revised rates effective from 01.07.2021 and therefore, it may be assumed that the government won’t change the stand.