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7th Pay Commission: Govt Employees to Get DA Hike in July Under a New Formula; Details Inside

Experts predict a 4% rise in Dearness Allowance (DA) for government employees and pensioners in July, but recent allegations suggest a new formula may be adopted. The DA is compensation for the rise in living expenses due to inflation and is updated twice a year.

Eashani Chettri
The calculation formula was updated by the Labor Ministry in 2016, and the DA is entirely taxed
The calculation formula was updated by the Labor Ministry in 2016, and the DA is entirely taxed

There have been a lot of rumors that the Center will announce another Dearness Allowance (DA) raise in July, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. According to experts' predictions based on the data from the previous four months, DA may rise by 4%. But, according to recent allegations that surfaced days after Union Minister Anurag Thakur announced a 4% increase in dearness allowance for more than 50 lakh Central government employees, the government may adopt a new formula for the anticipated DA boost.

42% Dearness Allowance Hike

Government workers and pensioners who receive Dearness Allowance as part of their pay are being compensated for the rise in living expenses brought on by inflation. Twice a year, in January and July, the allowance is updated. Yet not every government worker in India receives the same DA. Based on factors including seniority, department, and job location, among others, it might vary greatly. For those who get a salary, DA is entirely taxed.

The DA is now 42% after the increase in compliance with the 7th Central Pay Commission's recommendations. The employees will begin receiving the benefit of enhanced DA as of this month, April.

New Formula for Dearness Allowance

The dearness allowance calculation formula was updated by the Labor Ministry. In 2016, the government revised the Dearness Allowance base year and unveiled a new series of Wage Rate Index data (WRI-Wage Rate Index). According to the Labor Ministry, the former series of WRI with the base year 1963–65 was replaced by the new series with the base year 2016=100.

The dearness allowance is computed by multiplying the basic salary by the 7th Pay Commission's current rate of dearness allowance. If your basic pay is Rs. 56,900 DA (56,900 x 12)/100, the current percentage rate is 12%. The dearness allowance % is 115.76 multiplied by the 12-month CPI average. Whatever is now received will be divided by 115.76. The result will then be multiplied by 100.

Would The Dearness Allowance Be Subject To Tax?

Dearness Compensation is entirely taxed. According to Indian income tax regulations, dearness allowance must be shown separately in income tax returns (ITR).

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