Govt eyes on approximately 2 and half crore votes of Central government employees and pensioners and their families. Govt is preparing to merge 50 per cent dearness allowance (DA) into the basic pay to attracted approximately 38 lakh employees and 25 lakh pensioners.
That would be in the next fortnight. If it happen, extra burden would cost of Rs 20,000 crore to the exchequer.
It may be pressure of employees of Trade Union/ threatening of indefinite strike by the central govt. employees with railway employee or it may be trial of attraction of 2.5 carores of voters. Infact D.A. is being merged with basic salary. The Secretary General of the AIRF Mr. Shiva Gopal Mishra who is representing nearly 12 lakh employees says last days, that he had correspondenced with the Prime Minister's Office and the Finance Ministry. He also met with Secretary of expenditure in this connection.
This indicates that it will be announced just after the vote on account of parliament. Press Secretary of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen Mr. S.N. Malik said that the Cabinet note in this regard has become according to PMO sourcese. There is a file lying in the PMO at this time regarding this connection. It will be announced someday next week when Parliament is in session.Source : Dainik Bhasker