7th Pay Commission: After June 1, Central government employees will hear about revised allowances

| May 25, 2017

Representatives of Central government employees recently met Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and expressed anguish over delay in implementation of Ashok Lavasa report on allowances.

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The Central government employees will have to wait till June 1 to hear about implementation of allowances under the Seventh Pay Commission.

Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha recently met representatives of government employees and assured them that the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) will go through the Ashok Lavasa report on revised allowances by June 1.

The assurance from Cabinet Secretary comes after various media had earlier suggested that the E-CoS was expected to hold a crucial meeting on Seventh Pay Commission on Wednesday.

The Committee on Allowances under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa had submitted its review report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley last month.

    1. Members of National Council (staff side) Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) recently met Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and gave him a letter on inordinate delay in implementation of the report of the Ashok Lavasa-led Committee on Allowances.
    2. The representatives of Central government employees also expressed anguish over various pending demands such as minimum wages and revision of fitment formula.
    3. “The Cabinet Secretary has said that he has fixed June 1, 2017 for the perusal of the report of the Allowances Committee by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries, and soon after that, he will send a memorandum to the Cabinet for their consideration,” said JCM secretary Shiv Gopal Mishra in his letter to Central government employees.

    1. Following the submission of the report on allowances by the Ashok Lavasa-led Committee on Allowance, the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) was expected to hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the report and look into demands such as arrears on allowances and an increase in basic pay.
    2. There has been no official word on what happened during the E-CoS meeting. If reports are to be believed, the Ashok Lavasa panel has taken a favourable view on sticking points such as House Rent Allowance (HRA).
    3. The Seventh Pay Commission recommended reducing the HRA for Central government employees by varying percentages depending on the type of cities. For those living in metros, the Pay Commission suggested bringing down the HRA from 30 per cent to 24 per cent.
    4. Suggestions on reducing the HRA, cutting down the number of allowances and merging of smaller allowances with the bigger ones led to protests by Central government employees.

  1. The Narendra Modi government then constituted a committee in July 2016 under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to look into the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. The committee, which was given a February 22 deadline for report submission, finally managed to submit its report to Arun Jaitley on April 27.

Source:- India Today

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