Fact Check: Document claiming resumption of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief is fake

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

An official memorandum on the name of the Government of India along with the signature of the Finance Secretary of India has been in circulation on social media with the claim that the central government from July 1, 2021, will resume the Dearness Allowance and  Dearness Relief of the central government employees and pensioners.

The body of the memorandum reads, “The undersigned is directed to say that the Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief frozen during the COVID-19 crisis is to be resumed from 1st July, 2021.  The additional instalments of Dearness Allowance due from 1st July, 2020 and 1st Jan 2021 shall be paid in three instalments.

2. These orders shall be applicable to all Central Governments employees and Central  Government pensioners.”

(Photo Source: WhatsApp)

A Twitter post along with the memorandum reads: “Dearness allowance freeged by Central govt allowed to be paid in 3 installments from July.” (Archived)

The so-called official memorandum is viral on Facebook also.

(Photo Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

FactO Check:

The viral memorandum with the signature of the Financial Secretary of  India, TV Somnath is fake. The government had put a hold on Dearness allowance and Dearness relief in the last year from April 2020 to July 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, however, any claim of its resumption in July has been denied by the government.

The Ministry of Finance cleared the rumour about the resumption by tweeting: A document is doing rounds on social media claiming resumption of DA to Central Government employees & Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners from July 2021. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗢𝗠 𝗶𝘀 #𝗙𝗔𝗞𝗘. 𝗡𝗼 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗢𝗠 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝐆𝐎𝐈.”

According to Livemint, there are three instalments of Dearness Allowance to central government employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners are unpaid, dated January 1, 2020; July 1, 2020; and January 1, 2021.

The opposition is also demanding the resumption of dearness allowance and dearness relief. Congress has made the demand of immediate release of Dearness allowance to government employees, including armed forces personnel. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said yesterday, “the government should not be insensitive towards its employees and armed forces, and not play jokes with them at a time when salaries are decreasing and inflation is rising.”

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on June 26 tweeted in Hindi that in the time pandemic instead of increasing the courage of 113 lakh employees engaged in the service of the country, the central government is trying to snatch their hard-earned money. He further added looting Rs 37,500 crore of soldiers, government employees and pensioners is a crime.

Conclusion: The viral so-called official memorandum is fake because the government has not announced the resumption of the Dearness allowance and Dearness relief to the central government employees and pensioners.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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