There has been good news pouring in for central government employees and pensioners. Only recently, PM Modi led central government hiked Dearness Allowance (DA) of these government employees by 11 per cent. This will ensure that central government employees get hiked salary with 28 per cent of DA, up 11 per cent from existing 17 per cent. This was soon followed by Rajasthan government which also hiked DA of state government employees by 11 per cent, effective from July 1. “It has been decided to increase the dearness allowance of the Rajasthan government employees and pensioners from 17 per cent to 28 per cent,” Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said had in a tweet.
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Meanwhile, keeping ease of living of the pensioners in mind, the Centre has told banks they can use social media apps such as WhatsApp alongside SMS and email to send pension slips to pensioners after their account is credited, according to an official order.
“Banks may also use social media apps WhatsApp etc in addition to sms and email,” said an order issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare.
A meeting was held with the Central Pension Processing Centres (CPPCs) of pension-disbursing banks last month wherein the issue of providing the breakup of the monthly pension to the pensioners was discussed, it said.
The banks were impressed upon to undertake this welfare measure as this information is required by pensioners in connection with Income Tax, Dearness Relief payments and DR arrears among others, the order said.
The banks welcomed the idea and expressed their willingness to provide the information, it said. “Accordingly, all pension disbursing banks should issue pension slip to pensioners after credit of pension on their registered mobile numbers through sms and email (wherever available) also,” said the recent order.
The pension slip should provide the complete detail of the monthly pension paid along with break-up of the amount credited and tax deductions etc. if any, it said.