The Press Information Bureau (PIB), through its fact-checking department, has refuted false claims that the additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) will be effective from July 1 this year. The center’s hub office has said a fake warrant is being circulated on WhatsApp containing the claims. It states that the DA has increased by 4%.
Calling the order “fake”, the PIB shared a photo of it on Twitter, writing: “An order circulating on WhatsApp claims the additional Dearness Allowance term will be in effect from 01.07.2022”.
▶️This order is #Fake
— PIB fact check (@PIBFactCheck) September 22, 2022
Furthermore, the PIB fact-checking team clarified that the Ministry of Expenditure of the Ministry of Finance has issued no such order. “This order is fake,” the agency wrote.
As shown in the image of the fake order, the subject line reads: “Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees – Revised Rules Effective as of 1.7.2022.”
The circular also includes a note stating: “The President is pleased to rule that the Dearness Allowance payable to central government employees will be increased from the existing rate of 34% to 38 percent effective July 1, 2022. % of base salary.”
The false order also has a memorandum number along with the signature of Nirmala Dev, Deputy Secretary of the Government of India. It is addressed to “All Ministries/Departments of Government of India (as per standard distribution list).”
A similar fake order containing false claims regarding Dearness Allowance was circulated on WhatsApp earlier in August. Also then, the fact-checking wing of PIB issued a clarification on Twitter debunking the false claims. The order stated that the DA for civil servants was increased from 34% to 38%.
The central government reviews the DA twice a year in January and July. The last revision took place in January this year when the DA was increased by 3%, from 31% to the current 34%.