The Centre on Monday hiked Dearness Allowance by 7 %, benefiting its 80 lakh employees and pensioners and costing the exchequer an additional R 7,408 crore annually.
The hike will be effective from July 1, 2012, and the employees would be entitled for arrears from this date.
The hike in the DA from 65% to 72 % will cost the exchequer R4,939 crore for the remaining part of the current financial year. The annual burden on account of the DA increase has been estimated at R7,408 crore, says an official release.
The decision, which was approved by the Cabinet, will benefit about 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners of the central government. The increase in DA is in accordance with the accepted formula which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission, the release added.
The relief comes in the backdrop of government increasing the diesel price by R5 per litre and retail inflation crossing the double-digit mark.
The government had increased DA last in March this year from 58 % to 65 %, which was effective from January 1, 2012. The government periodically hikes the DA, which is linked to consumer price index for industrial workers. The all-India Consumer Price Index for June, 2012 worked out to be 199.58, which constituted an increase of 72.40% over the base index of 115.76 (as on January 1, 2006).