"The Centre's order on the issue of DA and DR has been endorsed by the Delhi government
and it will also be applicable on Delhi government
employees and pensioners," a government official said.
Money saved by the move can be used to combat Covid-19 in the national capital, the official said.
Umesh Batra, general secretary of Delhi government employees welfare association, said that the move will affect around 2.2 lakh state employees and pensioners.
Last month, the Union government had announced a 4 per cent increase in dearness allowance
(DA) for its 5 million employees and 6.1 million pensioners beginning January 1, 2020.But it recently froze the inflation-linked allowance in view of the coronavirus
pandemic. Several states have followed suit.
Delhi government employees and pensioners will continue to receive DA and DR, respectively, at the current rate -- 17 per cent -- till June 30, 2021.