Department of Expenditure has issued an Order dated 23.4.2020 to freeze the Dearness Allowance to central Government Employees and dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners at current rate level till 1st July 2021 and said no DA arrears will be paid for the period from 1st January 2020 to 1st July 2021.
Already the Union cabinet has approved the proposal to enhance the Dearness Allowance by 4% from 1st January 2020. As per this DA announcement made by Central government , With this 4% Dearness Allowance Hike, total DA at the rate of 21% has to be paid from 1st January 2020. Arrears for increased DA from January, February and March 2020 has to be paid.
But Now the Finance Ministry has issued order to stop increasing DA from 1st January to 1st July 2021 [ Read this Order ]. So Central Government employees will have to lose 3 instalments of DA hike due cumulatively for 18 months.
The Finance Ministry said that these three instalments of additional DA will be restored prospectively and will be subsumed in the cumulative revised rate effective from 1st July 2021. No arrears for the period from 1st January 2020 till 30th June 2021 shall be paid
This is huge amount as for as central govt employees and pensioners are concerned that they are forced to give up.