The Central Government announced through an office memorandum on 23rd April 2020 to stoppage of granting additional dearness allowance (D.A.) for 18 months. Already (13th March 2020) the Union Cabinet had given its nod to increase 4% DA and DR from 1.1.2020. In order to face the Coronavirus impact, all Central government employees and pensioners will get the existing rate of Dearness allowance i.e., 17% according to their basic salary or pension till June 2021.
The DoE order also said, there will be no arrears for Dearness allowance or Dearness Relief between January 2020 and June 2021. However, the cumulative percentage of DA and DR will be subsumed from 1st July 2021.