Published On: Wed, May 17th, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Higher Allowances to be implemented soon

New Delhi: The government will implement the higher allowances soon after receiving the review of the secretarial committee on the report, Finance Ministry sources have said.

The ‘Committee on Allowances’ finally submitted its report to Jaitley on April 27.

The ‘Committee on Allowances’ finally submitted its report to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on April 27.

They told the representatives of central government employees at the north block in the capital on Tuesday.

“The government will decide execution time of the higher allowances after the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) submits its report. So, let the Empowered Committee of Secretaries to submit the report,” they said.

Earlier, the top government officials held a meeting the representatives of central government employees on allowances.

According to sources, the top government officials gave an assurance to the employees’ unions that the higher allowances will be released soon but no official announcement has been made yet.

The central government employees had to go on a strike on May 23, to protest against the delay in implementation of the higher allowances but they decided to call off the strike, following the assurance has been given by the government to implement the higher allowances soon.

In June last year, the Committee on Allowances, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was constituted after the government implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission from January 1, 2016 in respect of basic pay and dearness allowances.

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.

The Committee on Allowances had time till October’ 2016 to give the report but this got delayed.

Later, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley extended the deadline for report submission to February 22, 2017.

The ‘Committee on Allowances’ finally submitted its report to Jaitley on April 27.

The report is being currently examined by the Department of Expenditure. After it, the report will be placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) set up to screen the 7th Pay commission recommendations and to firm up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet.

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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