New Delhi: A viral message is doing the rounds in the social media stating that in view of the ongoing COVID pandemic and the onslaught of the Omicron virus, the government has decided to keep Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief payable to Central government employees and pensioners in abeyance.
The viral message looks like an Office Memorandum, being issued by the Ministry of Finance. The message says, “in view of increasing cases of Omicron, it has been decided that Dearness Allowance payable to Central government employees and Dearness Relief payable to Central government pensioners at current rates are to be kept in abeyance so as to deal with any unprecedented situation.”
Busting the fake news behind the viral post, Press Information Bureau (PIB) has tweeted that the news is actually false.
PIB in its tweet has said that no such order has been issued Ministry of Finance in the name of DA being kept in abeyance.
“A #Fake order issued in the name of the Ministry of Finance claiming that the ‘Dearness Allowance & Dearness Relief payable to Central Govt employees and pensioners will be kept in abeyance’ is in circulation,” PIB Tweeted.
A #Fake order issued in the name of the Ministry of Finance claiming that the ‘Dearness Allowance & Dearness Relief payable to Central Govt employees and pensioners will be kept in abeyance’ is in circulation.#PIBFactCheck
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) January 3, 2022
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