Dearness Relief : Revised rate w.e.f. 01.01.2019 to Central Govt Pensioners/Family Pensioners

Dearness Relief : Revised rate w.e.f. 01.01.2019 to Central Govt Pensioners/Family
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Dated the 06th March, 2019

Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners
– Revised rate effective from 01.01.2019-reg

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/0612018-P&PW(G)
dated 18.09.2018 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President
is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief admissible to Central Government pensioners/family
pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 9% to 12% w.e.f 01.01.2019.

These rates of DR will be applicable to (i) Civilian Central Government Pensioners/
Family Pensioners including Central Govt. absorbee pensioners in PSU/ Autonomous
Bodies in respect of whom orders have been issued vide this Department’s OM No.
4/34/2002-P&PW(D) Vol.1I dated 23.06.2017 for restoration of full pension after
expiry of commutation period of 15 years (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian
Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners
(iv) Railway Pensioners/family pensioners (v) Pensioners who are in receipt of provisional
pension (vi) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families
of displaced Government Pensioners from Burma/ Pakistan, in respect of whom orders
have been issued vide this Department’s OM No. 23/3/2008-P&PW(B) dated 11.09.2017.

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The payment of Dearness Relief involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded
off to the next higher rupee.

The payment of arrears of Dearness Relief shall not be made before the date of disbursement
of pension/family pension of March, 2019.

Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners
and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with
the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45173/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999
as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F.No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July,
2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt
of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

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In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders
will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

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Dearness Relief to CG Pensioners from 1st January 2019
It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the
nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual

The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested
to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions
without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General
of India the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, IV34-80-II dated
23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant
Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81
dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and
all Nationalised Banks.

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In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit
and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

This issues in accordance with Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s
OM No. 1/1/2019E.II(B) dated 27th Feb,2019.

Hindi version will follow.

(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India