7th Pay Commission latest news: 4% DA hike for central govt employees

New Delhi: The Union cabinet has increased the dearness allowance (DA) by 4 per cent for central government employees.

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a 4 percent hike in dearness allowance (DA) for central government employees. It also approved an increase in dearness relief (DR).

The government said this will become effective from January 2019.

Union minister Prakash Javadekar said the Cabinet has approved a 4 per cent hike in DA for 48 lakh government employees and 65 lakh pensioners.

There will be an increase of 4% over the existing rate of 17% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.

The Central Government announces DA twice in a year.