Central government has increased the Dearness Allowance by four per cent, taking the total to 42 per cent of the Basic Pay for central government employees and pensioners.
Briefing media in New Delhi on 24th March 2023, Friday after the Cabinet meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said, this will benefit over 47 lakh Central Governments employees and more than 69 lakh pensioners.
He said, Union Cabinet has given its approval to release an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance to Central Governments employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners with effect from 1st January this year.
Thakur said, the combine impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief will be over 12 thousand 815 crore rupees per annum.
The release of the additional instalment of dearness allowance to employees and dearness relief to pensioners will be effective from January 01, 2023.
This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.
The government has also extended the subsidy under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana for another year. In a major relief to Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries and to shield them from high LPG prices, the government approved a subsidy of ₹200 per 14.2 kg cylinder for up to 12 refills per year.