7th Pay Commission – Decision on minimum wage and higher allowances will be taken after MCD polls, says NCJA

| April 2, 2017

The panel headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, has been given a task to examine the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on allowances and the final meeting with the NJCA chief was held on Tuesday.

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New Delhi, April 1: Almost a year had passed and the Union Government has not taken any firm decision of increasing the minimum wage and higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission of Central Government employees and now it seems that those who are eagerly waiting for their hiked salaries have to wait by the end of MCD polls in Delhi, which is scheduled this month. The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra who had recently met with the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa on Tuesday revealed that the Union Government will take any decision after MCD polls which will end on April 25.

On Tuesday, Shiv Gopal Mishra had met Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa at his office and during the brief interaction with NJCA chief, he was hinted that the government will take any major decision after Delhi Municipal polls end. The panel headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, has been given a task to examine the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on allowances and the final meeting with the NJCA chief was held on Tuesday, as the report is now submitted to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Business Standard reported.

 

After this, the report will then go to the Union Cabinet, on revised allowances for 4.7 million employees as most of the work has been completed. Some reports suggest that if the report is accepted by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, then it will be a matter of days before the Cabinet takes up the matter.

In June last year, after the Union Cabinet approved the 7th Pay Commission proposals on salary and pension after which the NJCA chief and several other members have met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other senior leaders of BJP. Arun Jaitley had announced the Lavasa panel would examine the suggestions on allowances and were given time to October top submit their report but it got delayed. As the 7CPC wanted a number of the allowances to be abolished or subsumed, while employee unions have opposed it.

According to Business Standard, some of the allowances that the 7CPC had suggested to be done away or subsumed were assisting cashier allowance, haircutting allowance, cycle allowance, acting allowance, condiment allowance, entertainment allowances for the cabinet secretary, flying squad allowance, robe allowance, Rajbhasha allowance, Rajdhani allowance, uniform allowance, secret allowance, shorthand allowance, soap toilet allowance, spectacle allowance, Sunderban allowance, shoe allowance, vigilance allowance and washing allowance.

Out of 196 allowances, the 7CPC had recommended to end around 52 allowances and subsuming of another 36 into larger existing ones.

Some of the allowances the 7th CPC had suggested be done away with:

  • Acting allowance
  • Assisting cashier allowance
  • Cycle allowance
  • Condiment allowance
  • Entertainment allowances for the cabinet secretary
  • Flying squad allowance
  • Haircutting allowance
  • Rajbhasha allowance
  • Rajdhani allowance
  • Robe allowance
  • Secret allowance
  • Shoe allowance
  • Shorthand allowance
  • Soap toilet allowance
  • Spectacle allowance
  • Sunderban allowance
  • Uniform allowance
  • Vigilance allowance
  • Washing allowance

Source:- INDIA.COM

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