New Delhi: To cut costs and save money due to the hit on the economy by the new coronavirus, Covid-19, pandemic, the government, on Thursday, has decided to suspend the hike in dearness allowance for central government employees the current fiscal year. In March, the Union Cabinet had approved a hike of 4 per cent in DA to 21 per cent.
The government released an office memorandum, on Thursday, to announce this move. The memorandum further states that no arrears will be paid from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. However, any hike in DA due to revision on July 1, 2021 will include the previous hikes as well.
After this decision, the central government employees and pensioners will now continue to receive DA at current rates, which is 17 per cent of their salary or pension.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed 23,000 and the death toll crossed 700, on Thursday. It saw 1,669 new cases and 40 new deaths in 24 hours. The total number of global Covid-19 infections until now has crossed 2.7 million and the death toll is almost 191,000.
Latest coronavirus India stats:
- Confirmed: 23,039
- Deaths: 721
- Recovered: 5,012
Latest worldwide coronavirus stats:
- Confirmed: 2,723,169
- Deaths: 190,919
- Recovered: 745,413
Top 5 countries with coronavirus infections:
- United States: 886,897
- Spain: 213,024
- Italy: 189,973
- France: Updated data unavailable
- Germany: 153,129
Top 5 countries with coronavirus deaths are:
- United States: 50,236
- Italy: 25,549
- Spain: 22,157
- France: 21,856
- United Kingdom: 18,738
[Source: Johns Hopkins University & Medicine]
[This story was last updated at 9.18am on April 24, 2020.]