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7th Pay Commission: Allowances panel report soon

New Delhi: The Allowances committee formed to examine the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on allowances, is likely to submit its report soon.

"Union Cabinet will take a decision on the suggestions of the Allowances committee," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.
“Union Cabinet will take a decision on the suggestions of the Allowances committee,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

The Union Cabinet took a decision in June to constitute a Committee for further examination of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission on allowances other than dearness allowance.

The committee, which was constituted on July 22 headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health and Family Welfare among others as its members, has been asked to submit its report within four months.

Its first meeting took place on August 4.

“The Allowances committee is likely to submit its report soon on allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations,” a senior Finance Ministry official told The Sen Times on Wednesday on condition of anonymity.

7th Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur recommended to abolish 51 allowances and to subsume 37 allowances.

“These measures are radical in nature, even the employees’ unions have given their suggestions in the matter and therefore allowances committee has been formed to look into it. Whatever the committee decides, it will go to the Cabinet,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

However, the Union government has decided to pay central government employees arrears of seven months arising from implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in one go in August salaries excluding allowances.

TST

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