7th Pay Commission – Union leaders to meet Arun Jaitley, major announcement on allowances expected today

| May 16, 2017

Around 47 lakh Central Government employees are eagerly waiting for a final decision on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission.

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New Delhi, May 15: On Tuesday a delegation of Union leaders of central government employees are expected to meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and will seek an update on allowances on 7th Pay Commission, NDTV reported. After the meeting, the report further suggests that a major announcement on allowances is expected tomorrow. Almost 20 days have been passed, as the Committee on Allowance headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa submitted its final report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The committee also had Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Personal & Training, Health and Family Welfare, Post and Chairman, Railway Board as Members and Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell) as Member Secretary.

In some allowances the Ashok Lavasa committee has suggested some modifications that are applicable universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories, the finance ministry said in a statement. As the report has been submitted it will now be screened by an Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) which will look into the recommendations of both – Lavasa committee findings and 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Once the screening process in completed by the Empowered Committee it the report will be then kept in front of Union Cabinet for final approval. Also Read – 7th Pay Commission Allowance news: As government promises hike on allowances, May 23 strike postponed by employee unions.

Under the 7th Pay Commission, Justice AK Mathur committee had recommended that the House Rent Allowance of HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new basic pay, depending on the type of city. The 7th Pay Commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA to be revised at 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent when Dearness Allowance crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when the Dearness Allowance reaches 100 per cent. The National Joint Council of Action, a joint body of employee unions, have demanded HRA at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent.

Justice AK Mathur led committee 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.
More than 47 lakh Central Government employees are waiting for a final decision on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission. The decision will also benefit from millions of pre-2016 defence pensioners and family pensioners.

Source:- India.com

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