Dispelling the rumours of DA hike, the Cabinet Secretary (Government of India) indicated that the Government will continue the freezing of Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief even after June 2021. It is understood that the statement was made in the context of the unprecedented situation in the country due to the COVID 19 pandemic. This should not be considered as a government decision. The Cabinet Secretary mentioned this in a meeting with Shri. Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, National Council (Staff Side). The Secretary, NC/JCM met the Cabinet Secretary expressing the anguish over the freezing of DA and demanded payment of Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief with arrears since 01.01.2020.
The statement issued by the National Council (Staff Side) is reproduced below
National Council (Staff Side)
13-C. Ferozshah Road, New Delhi ~ 110001
Shiva Gopal Mishra
Dated: January 18, 2021
All Members of the Staff Side,
Met today with the Cabinet Secretary (Government of India) and handed him over a copy of our letter dated 16th January 2021, expressing our anguish over freezing of Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief payable to the Central Government Employees and Pensioners/Family Pensioners. I also demanded payment of Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief with arrears since 01.01.2020.
During the course of discussion, the Cabinet Secretary said that the country was passing through an unprecedented situation, that is why, Government had to take such an action, but he further said that, there should not be any doubt that freezing of Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief will continue even after 30th June, 2021.
I also asked him that, no action has been taken our letter dated 11th January, 2021 (Reg. undue delay in settling the issues discussed in the meeting of the Standing Committing of NC/JCM and 47th meeting of the NC/JCM). He immediately called Addi. Secretary(Esstt.), DoP&T, and asked her to organize all the meetings due as well as to get implemented the issues agreed in the meetings of the NC/JCM referred to above.
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