Fact-Check: benefit increased by 4%? Center says no such order


PIB fact-checking team clarified that the Ministry of Finance has not issued such an order.

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”.

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.

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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.”

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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%.

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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%.



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