Published On: Fri, May 19th, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Higher allowances to be announced next week

New Delhi: Higher allowances under recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission would be announced next week, a top finance ministry official today told The Sen Times on condition of anonymity.

Higher allowances  would be presented before the Union Cabinet next week by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Higher allowances would be presented before the Union Cabinet next week by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

After receiving the Committee on Allowances report from Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, the report was examined by the Department of Expenditure and after its, the report was handed over to the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha set up to screen the 7th CPC recommendations.

The secretary panel is now looking into the report following which it would be presented before the Union Cabinet next week by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the official also said.

The unions leaders of central government employees are pressing hard for immediate cabinet approval of higher allowances and they are hopeful that the proposal regarding the allowances would be cleared by next week.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended that of a total of 196 allowances, 52 be abolished altogether and 36 be abolished as separate identities by subsuming them in another allowance, which triggered resentment among central government employees that governments complied with formation of the Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to review it.

While the government implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission from January 1, 2016 in respect of basic pay and dearness allowances, other allowances continued to be paid at old rates.

The 7th Pay commission had recommended abolition of or subsuming of allowances like acting, assisting cashier, cycle, condiment, flying squad, haircutting, rajbhasha, rajdhani, robe, shoe, shorthand, soap, spectacle, uniform, vigilance and washing.

It also recommended slashing the House Rent Allowance (HRA) from 30, 20 and 10 per cent to 24, 16 and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively.

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