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The Cabinet today decided to increase the DA of Central Government Employees by 10% w.e.f.January 2014. This will result in the total DA reaching 100% for the employees. The last increase was also 10% w.e.f. July 2013.
However, this increase is not commensurate with the high increase in the cost of living, of essential articles. The prices have been skyrocketing for the last two years or so. The employees will get something in lieu of increased cost of living, but what about the common people, who have to suffer the cost-increase, without any increase in their income.
The responsibility of the government is to ensure that the prices do not increase. DA is only a partial relief.
The Government has also to take decision to merge 100% DA with the pay getting the justified relief to employees.