New Delhi, Apr 24: The Congress on Friday alleged that the Union government, instead of healing the people and giving them financial support, is hurting them by deducting the hike in Dearness AllowanceandDearness Relief of Central Government employees and pensioners.
“On one side, the government was telling that the state governments and also the private sector not to cut wages and salaries, on the other side they are cutting the dearness allowance and the dearness pay worth Rs 38,000 crore of 113 lakh central government employees and the pensioners,” said AICC communication incharge Randeep Singh Surjewala.
Earlier, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi also crticised the government, and said, “Cutting DA of central government employees, pensioners and the jawans, instead of suspending ambitious projects like Bullet train project and the Vista beautification project, is insensitive and inhumane decision by the NDA government.”
Surjewala further said that only one month ago, on March 23, the government passed a budget of Rs 30.42 lakh crore and added, “It is, but, presumed that budget is a correct accounting of expected revenue as also expected expenditure.
“In case, ever, the expected revenue was to fall, the first thing that you will proceed to do, is to cut down wasteful and vanity expenditure rather than hitting at the income of people of India. But yesterday, on April 23, the Finance Ministry issued a strange and a shocking order whereby government proceeded to, from back date, ie January 1, 2020, proceeded to cut the Dearness Allowance, Dearness Relief of 113 lakh Central Government employees and pensioners,” he said.(UNI)