Govt increases DA from 17 to 28% for all employees, pensioners in J-K

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The Jammu and Kashmir administration has ordered that government employees working in regular pay levels under seventh pay commision recommendations shall be paid 28 percent dearness allowance of basic pay as opposed to earlier 17 percent.

The decision comes in light of New Delhi’s announcement on 14 July that the Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief (DR) rate for central employees has been increased.

This means that J-K government employees will get a DA hike of 11 per cent from 1 July.

Notably, the DA hike is calculated on the Basic Pay of the employees.

A similar relief has come for pensioners as well as the department approved the change in another order.

From 17% of basic pension, the pensioners will now get 28% of the basic pension as DA.

According to an order, a copy of which lies with The Kashmir Walla, the term ‘Basic Pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed level in the pay matrix as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, but does not include any other type of pay.

“The increase subsumes the additional installments arising on the 01.01.2020, 01.07.2020, and 01.01.2021. The rate of Dearness Allowance for the period from 01.01.2020 till 30.06.2021 shall remain at 17%,” the order further added.

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