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COVID-19: Tamil Nadu govt freezes Dearness Allowance, earned go away for workers

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Citing the extreme fiscal disaster as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the Tamil Nadu authorities on Monday introduced freezing of extra installment of Dearness Allowance for its staff and pensioners until July 2021 and suspended earned go away encashment for a yr.

Pointing to the Centre’s current communique that extra installment of DA to its staff and pensioners due from January 1, 2020 shall not be paid, a Authorities Order (GO) stated Tamil Nadu toed the Union authorities’s fee of dearness allowance for its staff, pensioners and household pensioners. Therefore, Tamil Nadu has determined to comply with the Centre’s choice to placed on maintain the extra DA payout as effectively, it stated.

Additionally, in view of “the extreme fiscal disaster arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the federal government has determined to freeze the extra Dearness Allowance payout until July 2021, the order stated.

As per a GO of final yr, efficient July 1, 2019, the speed of Dearness Allowance was 17 per cent of primary pay. It was a revision following orders by the Centre

enhancing the DA for its staff.

Forward of that enchancement, the speed of DA stood at 12 per cent for Tamil Nadu authorities staff. Accordingly, the extra installment of DA payable to authorities staff, lecturers, pensioners, household pensioners due from January 1, 2020 shall not be paid.

“The extra installments of DA due from July 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021 shall additionally not be paid,” it stated. The order is relevant to educating, non-teaching employees in aided instructional establishments and staff beneath native our bodies as effectively.

In one other G.O, the federal government stated the periodicial give up of earned go away for encashment for 15 days yearly/30 days each two years stands suspended initially for one yr to all authorities staff and lecturers.

“All give up requests and payments pending as on date, regardless of their stage of sanction and disbursement, shall not be processed.

The curb covers native our bodies and establishments beneath the federal government as effectively,” the order stated. 

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