Received message on WhatsApp of 4% DA rise? Here's the truth behind this claim - Hindustan Times
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Received message on WhatsApp of 4% DA rise? Here's the truth behind this claim

By, New Delhi
Sep 22, 2022 01:53 PM IST

A message that recently went viral on the messaging platform stated that the Union government has hiked Dearness Allowance for its employees to 38% from the current 34%.

PIB Fact Check, which counters misinformation on government schemes and policies, on Thursday informed that a viral WhatsApp message, which claims that 'the additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) for central government employees will be effective from July 1', is ‘fake’.

A screenshot of the PIB's fact-check (twitter.com/PIBFactCheck)
A screenshot of the PIB's fact-check (twitter.com/PIBFactCheck)

“An order circulating on #WhatsApp claims that the additional installment of Dearness Allowance will be effective from 01.07.2022. This order is #Fake. Department of Expenditure, @FinMinIndia has not issued any such order,” PIB Fact Check said on Twitter.

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“The President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 34% to 38% of the basic pay with effect from 1st July, 2022", the now-debunked message stated.

What is Dearness Allowance?

DA is a component of a government employee's monthly salary, and is added to the employee's basic monthly salary; it is paid to compensate for the increase in the cost of living due to inflation. It is revised twice a year, with effect from January and July, and the announcement of the revised allowance is made in March and September respectively.

The existing rate is 34%, and was announced by the Union government in March. It is a 3% rise on the revised DA of 31% announced in October last year. That itself was a 3% in over the DA announced in July that year, when the government implemented a massive rise of 11% to the allowance.

The Centre is yet to announce the second DA hike for the year.

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