Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance :
(Shri Anurag Thakur)
(a) & (b): Yes Sir. Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief are granted to serving employees and pensioners of the Central Government respectively each year with effect from 1st January and 1st July and normally paid in the month of March and September respectively.
(c) & (d): Yes Sir. The level of inflation for the purpose of DA/DR to Central Government employees/pensioners is calculated on the basis of All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers which is issued by Labour Bureau, Shimla