PIB Fact Check: That message of dearness allowance increase is fake, clarification from the government regarding the viral message

PIB Fact Check : Dearness Allowance of Central Employees (Dearness Allowance) The central government has clarified that the viral message of increase from 34 percent to 38 percent is false. "It is likely that an official announcement will be made by the Center in the near future regarding the increase in Dearness Allowance. Now if the decision is taken to increase dearness allowance by 4 percent, the dearness allowance of central government employees will reach 38 percent. The Central Government has increased the inflation allowance by 4 percent." Messages of such content are circulating on various media including WhatsApp.

The government has fact-checked the message circulating on WhatsApp regarding the additional installment of dearness allowance. The PIB Fact Check handle on Twitter shared an image of a document which it said was fake. A document that looks like an official government notification bears the letterhead of the Ministry of Finance.

The government has said that, "An order circulating on WhatsApp claims that the additional installment of Dearness Allowance will be effective from 01.07.2022." "This order is fake. No such order has been issued by the Government," The central government has officially tweeted about this.

An order circulating on #WhatsApp claims that the additional installment of Dearness Allowance will be effective from 01.07.2022#PIBFactCheck

▶️This order is #Fake

▶️Department of Expenditure, @FinMinIndia has not issued any such order pic.twitter.com/VQ07ZvpMXE

— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) September 22, 2022

The fake letter dated September 20 doing the rounds on social media reads, "It has been decided to increase the dearness allowance payable to Central Government employees to 38 per cent of the basic pay from the present 34 per cent. It will be applicable from July 1, 2022."

It also states that the basic pay in the revised pay structure refers to the pay drawn as per the Seventh Pay Commission structure adopted by the government at the prescribed level in the pay matrix. But it does not include any other type of pay like special pay etc. Interestingly, the government had debunked a similar document on August 23 on August 25.

Dearness Allowance is a component of one’s salary that is adjusted to compensate for rising inflation. DA is incremented twice every year. In March, the Center announced a 3 per cent hike in DA for its employees, bringing the rate to 34 per cent. Therefore, the government has appealed not to believe those messages circulating on social media.

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