7th Pay Commission latest news: Central employees can get good news soon. The path of 18 months DA arrear can be cleared. Employees and pensioners can get the direct benefit of this. Actually, now the issue of DA Arrear has reached PM Modi (Narendra Modi). It has been hoped to find a solution to this issue from PM Modi. If this happens, then surely there will be a big relief for the central employees and pensioners.
Pensioners’ letter from PM Modi
Bharti Pensioners Manch (BMS) has appealed to PM Modi to clear the arrears of Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) of central employees and pensioners. Manch has written a letter to PM Modi urging him to intervene in this matter. Let us tell you, the Finance Ministry had stopped the DA hike in May 2020 till 30 June 2021 due to the Kovid-19 pandemic. It has been reinstated from 1 July 2021.
No decision on 18 months arrears
The Central Government released three installments of Dearness Allowance from July 1, 2021. In this, a total of 11 percent DA has been issued for January 2020, July 2020 and January 2021. However, dearness allowance arrears were not given for these 18 months. During the monsoon session, in a written statement in the Rajya Sabha, the Minister of State for Finance had clarified that no decision has been taken on giving arrears. At present, the dearness allowance of central employees has increased to 28 percent. 48 lakh central government employees and more than 65 lakh pensioners are getting the benefit of this.
Why is there a demand for DA arrears?
In a letter to the Prime Minister, BMS has appealed that intervention is requested in the matter of DA Arrear. Pensioners have appealed to PM Modi that “You should direct the Finance Ministry to release the arrears of DA / DR withheld between January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 at the earliest.” We will be extremely grateful for immediate action in this regard.” Pensioners argue that during the period during which DA/DR was withheld, retail inflation (CPI) has increased and prices of petrol-diesel, edible oil and pulses have increased. Prices have reached record highs.
Decision is not in the interest of pensioners
DA/DR is paid to the employees and pensioners to compensate for the increase in the cost of living. During the 18 months, the cost has increased very rapidly. In such a situation, withholding money for this period is not in the interest of the employees and pensioners. It has been mentioned in the letter that most of the pensioners are of old age. Medicines require money. Also, due to the Kovid-19 crisis, the prices of most of the commodities have increased manifold. The income of most pensioners is such that they can only feed their stomach.
Pensioners had contributed to PM Cares Fund
Pensioners’ platform BMS has acknowledged that the financial burden on the country has increased. Growth declined due to Kovid. Then inflation increased and the government is also spending a lot on vaccines. But, most of the pensioners have contributed one day pension to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Emergency Relief Fund. In such a situation, the government should also think about their interest.