7th Pay Commission Latest News: Government employees likely to increase DA in July, minimum salary may increase up to Rs 26,000
7th pay commission Latest News TodayAmidst rising inflation, a big news has come for the central government employees who are waiting for a hike in their salaries. According to media reports, lakhs of central government employees may get an increase in their Dearness Allowance (DA) in July 2022. Government employees should know that DA is announced twice a year – in January and again in July.
The center usually makes an announcement regarding DA in March and September every year. However, till one and a half years after December 31, 2019, no hike in DA amount was announced due to the COVID pandemic.
The Center had put on hold the DA hike from January 2020 to June 30, 2021, due to the COVID pandemic. However, the DA hike was reinstated in July last year.
On the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, the DA for all central government employees was increased from 17 per cent to 28 per cent in July 2021. And then in October last year, the DA was increased by more than three times. From July 1, 2021, all government employees started getting DA at the rate of 31 percent.
Further, on January 1, 2022, government employees got a three-fold increase in DA, after which they got DA at the rate of 34 per cent.
Now, the new hike in DA will be applicable from July 1, 2022. Government employees and pensioners will also get their dues from July 2022 till the period the hike in DA is effective.
If the DA is increased, then on the basis of the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, there will be an increase of Rs 540 in the DA on the basic pay of Rs 18,000. And if the basic salary is Rs 25,000 then the DA hike will be Rs 750 per month, while those getting Rs 50,000 as basic salary will get a hike of Rs 1,500 per month in DA.
Apart from the DA hike, they will get a hike in their basic pay with the inclusion of fitment factor, as there is speculation that the government may soon approve a hike in the fitment factor.
The government employees union had been demanding for a long time that the fitment factor be increased from 2.57 times to 3.68 times.
If their demand is accepted, the minimum wage or basic pay of central government employees will also be increased from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000. Earlier, the Center had increased the salary at the entry level in 2017. At that time, the basic pay was increased from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000. Now, if the fitment factor is increased, the central government employees may also get an increase in their basic pay in July as well as the increased DA.