The latest news on the actual status of 18 Months DA Arrears reveals that the Central Government has no plans to release the arrears, which were stopped during the Covid-19 pandemic, to Central Government Employees.
Starting in January 2022, the central government has made the decision not to provide its employees with the 18 months’ worth of Dearness Allowance (DA) arrears that were suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic, specifically from January 2021 to June 2021. Additionally, the DA and DR arrears were halted for a year and a half for central government employees, pensioners, and family pensioners due to the pandemic.
Current Status of 18 DA Arrears
Looking for the latest update on the release of 18 months’ worth of DA arrears for Central Government employees and pensioners that were stopped during Covid-19?
Look no further than the announcement from Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Shri Pankaj Chaudhary. The decision to freeze three instalments of Dearness Allowance (DA)/Dearness Relief (DR) was made in response to the economic disruption caused by the pandemic. While releasing the arrears of DA/DR, which mainly pertain to the challenging period of FY 2020-21, is not currently feasible, the Government saved and utilized an impressive amount of 34,402.32 crores by freezing three installments of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief to mitigate the pandemic’s economic impact on Central Government employees and pensioners.
18 months DA arrears Latest News Today 2023
The Secretary of the National Council (JCM) Staff Side, Shiva Gopal Mishra, wrote a letter to the Cabinet Secretary addressing the matter of 18 months DA arrears. Mishra mentioned that the payment of Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief from 01.01.2020, 01.07.2020, and 01.01.2021, along with the arrears, had been extensively discussed. He also cited the earlier judgement of the Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No 399 of 2021, which established that Salaries and Pensions were rightful entitlements of the employees and should be paid according to the law. Mishra stressed that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Central Government Employees had continued their duties despite the circumstances, and it is important to consider their legitimate payment of Dearness Allowance arrears for 18 months sympathetically. He urged the necessary authorities to take action and issue instructions for the payment of the arrears.
DA arrears for 18 Months Status 2022
As of 2022, the Staff Side of National Council JCM cannot confirm if the arrears for this period will be paid.
In 2022, the latest news regarding 18 Months DA Arrears is a hot topic among India’s leading news channels. While the National Council JCM and other employees federations are demanding payment for the 18-month period from January 2020 to June 2021, the Central Government is maintaining its stance of no arrears payment.
The Department of Expenditure’s order, dated April 23, 2020, stated that no arrears would be paid for the period from January 2020 to June 2021. However, on July 20, 2021, the government decided to release three DA instalments, increasing the rate of Dearness Allowance to 28% of basic pay from the existing rate of 17% with effect from July 1, 2021. This increase subsumes the additional instalments arising from January 2020 to January 2021.
18 DA Arrears Table
The table below shows the rates of DA and DR from 2016 to 2022. From July to December 2022, the rate is 38%. From January to June 2022, it is 34%. There was no DA and DR from January to June 2021 but from July to December 2021, the rate was 31%. From January to December 2020, there was no DA and DR. From July to December 2020, the rate was 17%, and from January to June 2020, it was 17%. In 2019, the rate was 17% from July to December while it was 12% from January to June. In 2018, it was 9% from July to December and 7% from January to June. In 2017, it was 5% from July to December and 4% from January to June. Finally, in 2016, it was 2% from July to December and 0% from January to June.
January to June 2022: Rates of DA and DR
|July to December 2022||38% (34%+4%=38%)|
|January to June 2022||34% (31%+4%=34%)|
January to June 2021: No DA and DR
|July to December 2021||31% (28%+3%=31%)|
|January to June 2021||17% (24%+4%=28%)|
January to December 2020: No DA and DR
|July to December 2020||17% (21%+3%=24%)|
|January to June 2020||17% (17%+4%=21%)|
DA Rates Table 2019
|July to December 2019||17% (12%+5%)=17%|
|January to June 2019||12% (9%+3%=12%)|
18 Months DA Arrears Calculator
This tool is designed to assist you in calculating your Dearness Allowance (D.A.) arrears for the past 18 months from January 1, 2022, to June 30, 2021. Simply select your pay matrix level and enter your basic salary to obtain an estimate of the arrears amount. Click on the link to learn more.
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DA and DR Arrears Latest News 2023
In addition, a salary and pension hike is expected from January 2023, with the Cabinet Committee set to approve an increase in the Dearness Allowance for Central Government employees, bringing a 4% hike in accordance with the 7th Pay Commission DA formula. This hike will have a positive impact on employees, pensioners, and family pensioners, and they can also expect to receive arrears for Jan and Feb 2023 alongside their upcoming salary or pension earnings.