Payments of DA/DR arrears freeze for 18 months from 1.1.2020 to 30.06.2021 – SCOVA Meeting

DA/DR for 18 months to Central Government employees and pensioners

No. 42/05/2022 -P&PW(D)
भारत सरकार/Government of India
Ministry of Personnel , Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date: 20th May 2022

Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 12.04.2022 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi.

(32.6) Payments of DA/DR arrears freezon for 18 months from 1.1.2020 to 30.06.2021

The Central Government Pensioners Welfare Association, Jaipur and Ex-Defence Employees Welfare Association, Balasore mentioned that although the Central Government has granted the DA/DR rise of 11% from 01.07.2021, the arrears for 18 months have not been released. The Association requested for releasing the DA/DR for 18 months to Central Government employees and pensioners / family pensioners.

Discussion/Decision on the agenda item

Joint Secretary, Department of Expenditure stated that this issue was raised in the last meeting of JCM chaired by Cabinet Secretary also and the JCM was informed that

The decision to freeze DA and DR due from 01.01.2020, 01.07.2020 & 01.01.2021 was taken in the context of Covid-19 pandemic, so as to ease pressure on Government finances. The rates of DA/DR have been restored prospectively and subsumed in the cumulative revised rates effective from 01.07.2021 vide OM dated 20.07.2021.

In view of the above, item was closed.

Minutes of the 32nd Meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 12.04.2022 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi.

The Departments concerned were requested to take a final decision, at the earliest, on the following agenda items of 31st meeting of SCOVA, which are remained unresolved:

i. Extension of benefit of Composite Hospitals to CAPF personnel

  • (Action: Ministry of Home Affairs/ Ministry of Health & Family Welfare)

ii. Booking of Holiday Homes for Central Government Pensioners-enhancement of time limit from 30 days to 60 days.

  • (Action: Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs/Directorate of Estates)

iii. Formal approval to Chandigarh Administration for allotment of plot to CGHS, Chandigarh.

  • (Action: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare /Ministry of Home Affairs)

The agenda items for 32nd meeting were discussed. The gist of the discussion held and decisions taken on these items are as under:

  • (32.1) Shortage of Doctors, Specialists and Para-Medical Staff in CGHS posts due to increase in number of patients consequent on merger of Postal Dispensaries and need for creation / sanction of new posts to maintain patient and Doctor/ Para- medical staff ratio
  • (32.2) Periodical Health check-up of pensioners
  • (32.3) Issues relating to CGHS Wellness Centre Jammu, J&K
  • (32.4) Non-acceptance of Nominations of pensioners for Life-Time Arrears by the Banks
  • (32.5) Holding of Pension Adalat meetings by Departments at national level
  • (32.6) Payments of DA/DR arrears freezon for 18 months from 1.1.2020 to 30.06.2021
  • (32.7) Enhancement of Additional Pension
  • (32.8) Enhancement of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA)
  • (32.9) Difficulties in online submission of Accounts for grants.
  • (32.10) Enhancement of amount of Grants in aid to Pensioners’ Associations
  • (32.11) Providing a laptop to identified Pensioners Associations
Payments of DA/DR arrears freeze for 18 months from 1.1.2020 to 30.06.2021 - SCOVA Meeting

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