The month of July brings joy to central government employees as they eagerly await the announcement of the Dearness Allowance (DA) increase.
The upcoming release of the AICPI (All India Consumer Price Index) index for July will play a crucial role in determining the extent of this allowance hike.
Once again, the Modi government aims to boost employee salaries through a DA hike, adhering to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
The official data for the month of July will serve as the last piece of information required to calculate the revised Dearness Allowance.
Based on this data, it will be determined whether the employees’ DA will increase by 4% or potentially even more, reflecting the current economic conditions.
Although the official announcement regarding the DA revision is expected to be made in September or October,
it is worth noting that in March 2023, the government had already increased the employees’ DA by 4%, effective from January 2023.
As per the scheduled timeline, the next revision is set for July 2023.
It is widely anticipated that the government will once again raise the DA by 4% this time.
The AICPI index figure for May 2023 stands at 45.58%. However, the June figures are yet to be released.
It is important to mention that the DA calculations are rounded figures.
With the May index figure already at 45.58%, it confirms that there will be at least a 4% increase in DA.
Considering the earlier increase in DA and DR (Dearness Relief) from January to July, which raised the employees’ DA to 42%, it is expected that the new hike will take the DA to 46%.
DA plays a significant role in the salary structure of government employees.
It accounts for the impact of inflation across the country, ensuring that employees’ salaries keep pace with rising prices.
The rate of increase in DA and DR for pensioners is determined based on the inflation rate prevalent in the country.