Government of India
Ministry of Personnel,
Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare
Dated : 23rdApril,1999
Subject : Grant of dearness relief to Central Government
pensioners/Family pensioners- Revised rates effective from 01.01.1999.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this departments OM No.42/3/98-P&PW(G) dated 15.09.98
sanctioning the instalment of dearness relief admissible from 01.07.98 and to say that the
President is pleased to decide that dearness relief shall be paid to the Central
Government pensioners/family pensioners to compensate them for the rise in cost of living
beyond average Consumer Price Index 306.33 (as on 01.01.1996) at the rate of 32% w.e.f.
01.01.1999 in supersession of the rate mentioned in the O.M. dated 15.09.98 referred to
2. These orders
apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government pensioners/family pensioners (ii) The Armed
Forces pensioners, Civilian pensioners paid out of the Defence Services Estimates, (iii)
All India Services pensioners (iv) Railway pensioners and (v) The Burma Civilian
pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners
from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of
Pakistan, who are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs.1275/-p.m. in terms of
this departments OM No.23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.02.1998.
3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lumpsum payment on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body
and have become entitled to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as
well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this departments OM
no.4/59/97-P&PW(D) dated 14.07.98 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 32% on
the restored amount of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension with effect from
4. The following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment in terms of this
departments OM No.45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.97 will be paid DR @ 24% with
effect from 01.01.99.
The widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired from service prior to 01.01.1986 or who had
died while in service prior to 01.01.1986 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of
Central Government Employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 18.11.1960 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of
Rs.654/-, Rs.659/-, Rs.703/- and Rs.965/-.
Central Government Employees who had retired on CPF benefits between the period 18.11.1960 to 1.12.1985 and are in receipt of
Ex-gratia @ Rs.600/- with effect from 01.11.1997.
5. Payment of dearness relief involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.
6. Other provisions governing grant of dearness relief to pensioners such as regulation of dearness relief
during employment/re-employment, regulation of dearness relief where more than one pension
is drawn etc, will remain unchanged.
7. In the case of retired Supreme Court and High Count Judges necessary orders will be issued by the
Department of Justice separately.
8. In view of the position stated above Central Government Pensioners/family pensioners shall be entitled
for payment of dearness relief at a uniform rate of 32% of pension/family pension w.e.f. 1st
January, 1999 and CFP beneficiaries be entitled for payment of dearness relief at uniform
rate of 24%. As DR will now be at uniform rates of 32% and 24% respectively, it has been
decided to dispense with the issue of enclosing ready reckoner alongwith the dearness
relief orders. It will now be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authority,
including the Nationalised Banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of dearness relief payable
in each individual case.
9. The Accountants General and authorised Public Sector banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to
pensioner etc. on the basis of above instructions without waiting for any further
instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve bank of
India in view of letter No.528-TA, II/84-80-II dated 23.04.1981 of the Comptroller and
Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountants General and Reserve Bank of India
Circular No.GANB No.2958/GA-64(ii)(CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed
to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.
10. In their application to the employees belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department these
orders issue in consultation with the C&AG.
11.This issues with
concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their U.O.No. 404-EV/99