AP government freezes DA for employees and pensioners till July

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The Jagan Mohan Reddy government had on October 25 announced enhancement of DA and dearness relief (DR) for employees and pensioners and release of the pending DA and DR due from July 2018 from  January 2021 salary/pension payable on February 1, 2021.

The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to freeze dearness allowance (DA) for state government employees and pensioners/family pensioners at the current rates till July.

Quoting a government issued GO MS No. 95 dated 06-11-2020, the Deccan Chronicle said that the additional installment of dearness allowance payable to state government employees and dearness relief to government pensioners/family pensioners, due from January 1, 2020, shall not be paid.

Similarly, the additional installments of dearness allowance and dearness relief due from July 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021, shall also not be paid. The order said that once the state government decides to release the future installments of DA/DR due from July 1, 2021, the rates of DA/DR as effective from January 1, 2020, July 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021 will be restored and will be subsumed in the cumulative revised rate effective from July 1, 2021.

However, no arrears for the period from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 shall be paid. The decision is in tune with the decision taken by the Centre in view of the reduction in revenue due to Covid-19.

The Jagan Mohan Reddy government had on October 25 announced enhancement of DA and dearness relief (DR) for employees and pensioners and release of the pending DA and DR due from July 2018 from  January 2021 salary/pension payable on February 1, 2021.

The second pending DA/DR, due from January 2019, was also ordered to be paid with July 2021 salary/pension payable on August 1, 2021 and the third pending DA/DR, due from July 2019 with January 2022 salary/pension payable on February 1, 2022.

The arrears for the first DA/DR was proposed to be deposited in three instalments from February 2021 in the GPF accounts of OPS employees, and paid in cash in three installments to the CPS employees and pensioners from February 2021.

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