Insensitive, says Rahul Gandhi on freezing DA

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has termed the government decision to freeze Dearness Allowance of Central government employees for a year as “insensitive and inhuman.”

The former Congress President in a tweet said: “Lakhs and crores are being spent on the Bullet Train and New Delhi’s Central Vista which should have been suspended, but the government has deducted DA of Central government employees and pensioners… It is insensitive and inhuman.”

“The tragic part is that by deducting this amount from January 1, 2020 up to 30th June, 2021 for a period of 1.5 years, the government of India proceeds to deduct almost Rs 38 thousand crore from the income of these middle class government employees and pensioners, who rely completely on the pay and pensions that they receive,” said Randeep Surjewala, chief spokesperson of Congress.

There are about 50 lakh such serving government employees and about 62 lakh pensioners.

“Even more tragic and objectionable is the fact that the government of India has not even spared our armed forces. The government has deducted Rs 11 thousand crore of the 15 lakh serving armed forces personnel and nearly 26 lakh military pensioners. What is their fault? They are serving the nation in times of all types of crises,” said Surjewala.

The Congress alleged that the government did not spare the savings scheme.

Instead of curbing the wasteful expenditure, the government has been constantly hitting at the income of government employees and the middle class, it added.