No, the Gov. has not issued an office memorandum on resumption of DA & DR for Central Gov employees & pensioners.

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An image of an office memorandum from the Ministry of Finance’s Department of Expenditure, signed by Finance Secretary TV Somanathan has been floating on social media platforms. Various online news portals also reported that, as announced in Parliament, the Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) of Central government employees will be increased and the pending Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) revisions will resume on July 1, 2021.

This image went viral on the same day that the Central Government held a meeting to decide on the pending Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) claims of 52 lakh central government employees and 60 lakh central government pensioners.



Translation: “D.A. of Central Employees and Pensioners restored from July 1st”




Another user shared the same image with a description that says, ” भारत सरकार ने अपनें कार्यरत सेवकों एवं सेवानिवृत्त सेवकों को निम्नांकित शर्तो के सांथ दिनांक 1जुलाई से बकाये DA को भुगतान करनें से संबंधित आज निर्गत कर दिया।
भारत सरकार को बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद की इस करोना महामारी से देश जहाँ जुझ रहा है, सरकार ने अपनें सेवा रत एवं सेवानिवृत्त सेवकों को इतनी गम्भीर परिस्थिती में भी एक बहुत बड़ा रिलीफ दिया है।”

Translation: “The Government of India today issued payments to its working servants and retired servants on payment of outstanding DA with effect from 1st July in the following conditions.Thank you very much to the Government of India for giving a huge relief to its serving and retired servants even in such a serious situation where the country is suffering from this pandemic.”



An article published by India Today also claimed that the Central government has confirmed that around 52 lakh government employees will start getting their enhanced Dearness Allowance from July 1, 2021.


The Department of Expenditure of the Ministry of Finance has not issued such an office memorandum.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Finance tweeted a statement about the viral document, saying: “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.”


During our investigation, we noticed that the Finance Secretary’s name was misspelt as “TV Somnathan” rather than “TV Somanathan.” We also came across a report on the National Infrastructure Pipeline by the Task Force, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, which included Dr. TV Somanathan’s signature from when he held the post of Secretary, Department of Expenditure . The signature on page 13 of this report does not match the signature on the circulated document.


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Suramya Sunilraj

Suramya Sunilraj is a student at the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.