Cabinet approves 5% hike in dearness allowance, says Prakash Javadekar

Cabinet approves 5% hike in dearness allowance, says Prakash Javadekar

The Union Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, approved a 5% hike in dearness allowance for Central government employees. The cabinet has also approved a hike in dearness relief (DR) for pensioners from July 2019 to compensate for price rise.

Addressing the media, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said, “Several path-breaking decisions have been taken under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the good news for government employees is that dearness allowance has been hiked by 5%.”

The decision, which is in line with the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), comes as a Diwali gift to employees. It will benefit over 40 lakh Central government employees and 62 lakh pensioners, the minister said.

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On Displaced people

During the Cabinet meeting, it was decided that 5,300 families displaced from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, who settled in regions others than Jammu and Kashmir but later came back to the state, will be provided Rs 5.5 lakh each, said Javadekar.

On Aadhaar seeding

The Union Cabinet has decided to relax the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding for release of benefits under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi after August 1, 2019. The relaxation applies until November 30, 2019.

-PTC News