7th Pay Commission: Pensioners got a gift! Notification issued to increase dearness relief

7th Pay Commission: On the festive season, the Modi government had announced to increase dearness allowance on September 28, 2022, giving relief to more than 1 crore central government employees and pensioners. After which on October 3, 2022, the Department of Expenditure has issued a notification regarding the order of increase in dearness allowance through Office Memorandum. Now the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare (DOPPW) has informed that Dearness Allowance has been increased from 34 per cent to 38 per cent.

On October 8, 2022, the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare issued an Office Memorandum and told through a tweet that the President is pleased to take the decision that Dearness Relief (DR) of Central Government Pensioners / Family Pensioners will be given. From July 1, 2022, it is increased from 34 percent to 38 percent.

Dearness relief is announced twice a year in the month of March and September. According to the pensioners portal, the dearness relief in the month of January-February is decided on the basis of the rate of dearness relief for the month of December of the previous year. Similarly, the dearness relief to be decided in July-August is decided on the basis of the rate of dearness relief given in the month of June.

Increase in dearness relief will be applicable to these people

– Central Government Civilian Pensioners/Family Pensioners apart from Central Government Pensioners who have been posted in Public Undertaking or Autonomous Body.

Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners who are paid through Defense Service Estimate.

– All India Service Pensioners

– Railway Pensioners/Family Pensioners

Those pensioners who are being given provisional pension.

Burma Civilian Pensioners. Government pensioners displaced from Burma/Pakistan other than family pensioners or pensioners in respect of whom orders have been issued vide this Department’s OM No.23/3/2008-P&PW(B) dated 11.09.2017.

The responsibility of deciding how much dearness relief is to be paid in each case of the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOPPW) will be the responsibility of the pension paying authority and the public sector banks. Since the 7th Pay Commission 2016 came into force, the dearness relief has been increased from 2 per cent to 38 per cent now.

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