Restoring the frozen DA / DR from 01.07.2021 – Process would be initiated for getting the Cabinet Approval: Cabinet Secretary
As per outcome of National Council JCM meeting held on 26.06.2021 published by NC JCM the Cabinet Secretary stated that Department of Expenditure would process the matter for getting the Cabinet Approval for restoring the frozen DA / DR from 1/7/2021.
All Central Government employees and pensioners are anxiously waiting for the outcome of this meeting since the DA due to employees and DR due to the Pensioners are freezed from 1/1/2020 for 18 months. The Central Government employees and pensioners have contributed more than Rs. 40,000/ Crores by not receiving the DA/DR due for them. Now since the economy is getting revived according to the Government itself, Central Government employees and pensioners may be given DA and DR retrospectively with arrears. Hope Government will take a positive decision in this regard.
An agenda regarding withdrawal of order of DA/DR freeze was included for discussion in meeting. The decision of issue of order regarding restoration of enhanced DA/DR as per All India CPI(IW) Index not seen. Cabinet Secretary stated that Department of Expenditure would process the matter for getting the Cabinet Approval for restoring the frozen DA / DR from 1/7/2021.
The Staff Side demanded that they are eligible for arrears from 1/1/2020 and the mode of payment can be discussed separately with the Staff Side. The Staff Side also demanded to extend the benefit to those employees who retired / expired between 1/1/2020 and 30/06/2021.
As per details of discussion stated above it is evident that the waiting for withdrawal of freezing of DA/DR doesn’t end and subject to approval of Cabinet. It is also clear that process to get approval is also pending.