Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dearness Allowance from Jan-2013 News: Agenda in today's Cabinet Meeting

As per some news in leading news paper, proposals to hike dearness allowance of Central government employees by 8% is likely to be considered in today's cabinet meeting. It is known that Finance Minister is on tour and will return on 22nd April, 2013 [click here to see] and in last cabinet meeting on 2nd April, 2013 Govt had deferred the decision on enhancement of DA due to absence of Finance Minister [click here to see].  This time again leading news website has published that hike dearness allowance may be considered by govt. in cabinet meeting.  

In last para of Hindustan Times News article "Cabinet plans sops ahead of LS polls" [click here to see]:
"Proposals to hike dearness allowance of Central government employees by 8% and setting up a Railway Land Development Authority to improve railways financial help are likely to be considered."
In Times of India News article "Cabinet to mull over tougher laws against middlemen, buffer for retired babus" a para added about DA [click here to see]:
"Doubling special support to Bihar to Rs 12,000 crore under the remaining four years of the 12th Plan, the judicial commission Bill and 8% dearness allowance (DA) for government employees are also on the Cabinet agenda."
Times of India has also published an separate article on this matter [click here to see]:-

Cabinet may hike dearness allowance by 8%
Apr 18, 2013, 05.28 AM IST

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet is likely to approve a proposal to increase dearness allowance (DA) of central government employees by 8% on Thursday.

The move to increase DA from 72% to 80% will benefit around 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners of the central government.

"The Union Cabinet may consider the finance ministry proposal to increase DA in its meeting scheduled for Thursday," a source said, adding the hike would be effective from January 1, 2013 and employees and pensioners would be entitled to arrears.

The government had raised DA to 72% in September last year, which had come into effect from July 1, 2012.

As per usual practice, DA is merged with basic pay when it breaches the 50% cap. This helps employees get higher allowances as those are paid as proportion of the basic pay.

News in Hindi by Amar Ujala:
80 फीसदी तक हो सकता है कर्मचारियों का महंगाई भत्‍ता: 
नई दिल्ली/ब्यूरो | अंतिम अपडेट 18 अप्रैल 2013 7:48 AM [click here to see]

केंद्र सरकार ने सरकारी कर्मचारियों को महंगाई से राहत देने के लिए महंगाई भत्ते (डीए) में आठ फीसदी की बढ़ोतरी के प्रस्ताव को अंतिम रूप दे दिया है।

बृहस्पतिवार को प्रधानमंत्री की अध्यक्षता में होने वाली केंद्रीय मंत्रिमंडल की बैठक में इसे मंजूरी मिलने की संभावना है। साथ ही सरकार का इरादा कुल डीए के पचास फीसदी हिस्से को बेसिक वेतन में भी जोड़ने का है।

केंद्र सरकार के डीए में बढ़ोतरी के फैसले से लगभग 80 लाख केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों को फायदा होगा। अभी तक केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों को मूल वेतन पर 72 फीसदी की दर से डीए मिल रहा है, जो इस फैसले के बाद बढ़कर 80 फीसदी हो जाएगा।

डीए की यह बढ़ोतरी जनवरी 2013 से ही लागू की जानी है। केंद्रीय कर्मचारी लंबे समय से डीए को मूल वेतन में जोड़ने की मांग कर रहे हैं। इसके चलते सरकार ने डीए का पचास फीसदी मूल वेतन में जोड़ने का बन बना लिया है लेकिन इस पर अंतिम फैसला कैबिनेट की बैठक में किया जाएगा।

Conclusion:  This time again hard to speculate about decision on hike dearness allowance in absence of Finance Minister [click here to see].  However in view of some central government staff union's (AIRF [click here to see] & Confederation [click here to see]) protest against delay in decision to hike dearness allowance, there is a positive hope.  Anything is possible [click here to see possibility].

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