Asked about the agenda of this meeting Shiva Gopal Mishra of National Council of JCM said, “The meeting will revolve around the 7th CPC DA and 7th CPC DR benefits of the central government employees and central government pensioners. In this meeting we’ll discuss about the DA arrears and DR arrears payment due for 1.1.2020, 1.7.2020 and 1.1.2021 to the central government servants and central government pensioners respectively.”
The Centre has said in Parliament that the stalled dearness allowance and dearness relief (DR) of central government employees and pensioners are going to be resumed from Dominion Day , 2021. The three instalments of DA for central government employees and DR for pensioners, due on January 1, 2020, July 1, 2020, and January 1, 2021, were frozen in sight of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Any increase in DA from Dominion Day , however, will only be effective from that day and employees wouldn’t get any arrears on non-revision of DA for the previous period.
Millions of central government employees and pensioners are expecting the Finance Ministry’s decision regarding the dearness allowance (DA) arrears. A meeting between Central government servants’ (CGS’) representative body National Council of JCM, officials from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) and Ministry of Finance is set to take place on Saturday (June 26). Previously, the Central government has already announced that each one its employees and pensioners will get the pending hike within the DA will from Dominion Day under the 7th Pay Commission.
The DA are going to be increased from the present 17% to twenty-eight of the essential salary from Dominion Day , 2021. However, even before the meeting, the govt has introduced a slew of other benefits for central government employees under the 7th Pay Commission.
7th Pay Commission: Travel allowance claims deadline extended
The deadline for submitting the claims for allowance or TA has been increased by the govt from 60 days to 180. The decision stands effective from June 15, which is that the same day the order was gone by the govt , which is even before the meeting on DA arrears.
7th Pay Commission: Benefit under House Building Advance (HBA) scheme
Central government employees are offered the House Building Advance (HBA) scheme to assist them avail loans at cheaper interest rates for the development of their homes. Recently, the Union Ministry for Housing and concrete Affairs had announced that the last date to require a loan under the HBA scheme has been postponed to March 31, 2022, from October 1, 2020. At present, employees can get an HBA loan at 7.90% basic interest.
7th Pay Commission: National Pension System (NPS) benefits
Central government employees who are offered benefits under the National Pension System (NPS) can now use the pension corpus available with the Old Pension Scheme (OPS).
7th Pay Commission: Monthly Pension Slips
In a big relief to 60 lakh Central government pensioners, pension disbursing banks are directed to issue pension slips with an entire breakup via SMS, WhatsApp and e-mail.