Pensioners body has urged the PM to intervene in release of DA & DR arrears

Pensioners of DA & DR

The Bharatiya Pensioners Manch (BMS) has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention to have the arrears of dearness allowance (DA) and dearness relief (DR) for central government employees and pensioners paid as soon as possible.Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Finance delayed a rise in dearness allowance (DA) till June 30, 2021.

The government increased DA and DR to 28% starting July 1, 2021, benefitting more than 48 lakh central government employees and 65 lakh pensioners.From January 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, the rate of DA was 17%. As a consequence, no DA or DR arrears for central government employees or pensioners were released.The BMS wrote in a letter to the Prime Minister,

"It is urged upon you to kindly intervene into the matter and direct the Ministry of Finance for early release of the freeze DA/DR with effect from January1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. An early and immediate action with a line of reply to this organization will be highly appreciated."As per the BPM, retail inflation rose during the DA/DR freeze, with the price of vehicle fuel, edible oil, and various pulses reaching new highs.

The very objective of DA/DR payments is to compensate employees and retirees for rising living costs. It is unjust to deny remuneration to employees and retirees after the cost of living has increased, it argued.The majority of seniors, due to their older years, require medical care, and the cost of every product has risen significantly as a result of the COVID-19 issue.

The majority of pensioners are hand to mouth financial condition, according to the report."The pensioners who are senior citizens are most vulnerable in the fight of COVID-19 and any stoppage of DR in their case at this juncture is not an appreciable decision on the part of the government.""No doubt, the country has been going through a financial crisis due to COVID-19, but most of the pensioners have already contributed a one day pension to the Prime Minister CARES Fund," the body added.

Source: Business Standard

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