Fake Dearness Allowance Order Surfaces Online
Announcements that have appeared on social media, proclaiming a hike in Dearness Allowance for Central Government employees, have been declared false and misleading. Also, claims that an announcement was made by the Finance Ministry on March 30 have also been stated as false.
Central Government employees are given a deadness allowance hike in Jan and July of each year. The announcement of DA as declared by the Cabinet Ministry in March and September. So, the enhanced payment of DA will be given in the March and September salary itself. And also the arrears will be given for two months.
Confirmation of the 6% DA hike for 01.01.2015 will be issued by the Ministry of Finance after getting the Cabinet’s approval only. With no approval being given until March 30, some social media carried reports on April 1 that a hike was announced by the Finance Ministry.
Although it was obvious that the order was a fake one, it did create a sense of shock. Since it was April 1, many sensed that it was an April Fool’s Day prank. But the Finance Ministry issued a clarification on the same day claiming that the announcement was fake.
The fake order said that the order will have retrospective effect, from January 1, 2015 onwards. It also said that a DA hike of 115, instead of 107% will be provided to the employees this time.
In the statement issued by Subhash Chand, of the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, said, “The announcement that was supposedly made on March 30 is false. No such announcement was made by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. Therefore, do not act upon the announcement.” The message was issued to all the ministries, departments and offices of the Central Government.