7th Pay Commission: Centre and states give Holi gift to over 1 crore govt employees, check details here

7th Pay Commission: Centre and states give Holi gift to over 1 crore govt employees, check details here

In a bonanza for the Central government employees on the occasion of Holi, the Centre is expected to provide Rs 10,000 in advance to the employees under the Special Festival Allowance scheme. The benefits under the scheme can be availed till March 31, 2021. Notably, the Festival Advance Scheme was not in place when the 7th Pay Commission was to be implemented.

In another good news for over 1 crore central government employees, they will get full benefits of Dearness Allowance (DA) from July 1, 2021. He also said that all three pending instalments of the Dearness Relief for the pensioners will be restored from July 1. This decision of the central government will benefit more than one crore central government employees and pensioners, who were getting dearness allowance at the old rate. The 4 per cent hike in DA will increase the current DAR rate to 21 per cent.

Apart from the Central government, several state governments are also providing gifts and grants for their employees on the occasion of Holi 2021. So as the festival of colours arrives, here we have brought you the list of the states giving benefits to employees ahead of Holi:

Madhya Pradesh

The state government has planned to clear 75 per cent of the third instalment of arrears according to the 7th pay commission before Holi. Well, this decision is not final yet as authorities are waiting for the completion of the required paperwork.


The state government has announced a 30 per cent hike in the salaries of the government employees. Also, the retirement age of the employees has been raised to 61 years.

The state government has announced a hike in DA (Dearness Allowance) for the government employees. Not just this, even pensioners have been given a 3 per cent hike in DA.

Central government

Finance Ministry has said that the central government employees will get relief in DA and by July 1, 2021, all three instalments which were on hold will get released. For unversed, central government employees DA was kept on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

The reason for this is that the government postponed the implementation at a new rate due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Generally, DA is amended twice every year (in January and July). The minister said that with the restoration of DA and DR from July 2021, about 50 lakh central government employees and more than 65 lakh pensioners will receive the benefit.

Meanwhile, Santosh Gangwar, Labour Minister, reacted to the three days week off and four days working. During a session in Lok Sabha, he gave in the writing that the government has no plans to implement this system.

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