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These Govt. pensioners are ELIGIBLE for hiked Dearness Relief (DR) – Check full list here

Dearness Allowance are increased to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners with effect from July 01, 2021, to 28 percent. The hike will represent an increase of 11 percent over the existing rate of 17 percent of the Basic Pay/ Pension.

Similarly, the Dearness Relief (DR) admissible to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 17 percent to 28 percent of the basic pension/ family pension (including additional pension/ family pension) with effect from July 1, 2021.

This was announced as per the recent Office Memorandum (OM) shared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance & Pensions Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

As per the OM, these rates of Dearness Relief (DR) will be applicable to Civilian Central Government Pensioners/ Family Pensioners including Central Government absorbed pensioners in PSU/ Autonomous Bodies in respect of whom orders have been issued for restoration of full pension after the expiry of commutation period of 15 years.

The Armed Forces pensioners/ family Pensioners and Civilian Pensioners/ Family Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates.

All India Services Pensioners/ Family Pensioners. Railway Pensioners/ Family Pensioners. Pensioners who are in receipt of a provisional pension, the OM said.

The Burma Civilian Pensioners/ Family Pensioners and displaced Pensioners/ Family Pensioners from Pakistan, the OM added.

As per the OM, the payment of Dearness Relief involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next highest rupee.

Other provisions governing the grant of Dearness Relief in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in the OM dated July 7, 1999 as amended from time to time.

The provisions related to the regulation of Dearness Relief where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalised banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of Dearness Relief payment in each individual case, the OM mentioned.

The office of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of Dearness Relief to pensioners/ Family Pensioners on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India, the OM added.

In the application to the persons belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders are issued after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the OM said.

Due to the COVID pandemic, the Union Government had frozen the three additional installments of the DA and DR which were due from January 1, 2020, July 1, 2020, and January 1, 2021.



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