7th Pay Commission report on allowances: Government employees at the Centre are expecting news on higher allowances updates that have been recommended this week. The decision will be conveyed by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries that is chaired by Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) and constituted by the Ministry of Finance, after a meeting – the report itself will be presented to the Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Here are 5 things to note for all concerned:
1. It may be recalled that while recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission report on salaries and pensions were implemented, allowances are still being paid at old rates.
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2.The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS), set up to screen the 7th Pay Commission report recommendations, is likely to meet today to discuss the recommendations of the Lavasa Committee.
3. After consideration by the E-CoS, the proposal for implementation of 7th CPC recommendations on allowances after incorporating the modifications suggested by the Committee on Allowances in its report shall be placed before the Cabinet for approval.
4. The committee was set up to mull changes to 7th Pay Commission report due to large number of representations received from various Staff Associations / ministries / departments. The 7th Central 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. Demands for modifications were received in respect of 79 allowances after Committee met members of the Standing Committee of National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM), representatives of various staff associations of railways, postal employees, doctors, nurses, and Department of atomic Energy. Meeting with representatives of the Defence Forces, DGs of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) were also held.
5. Committee thereafter suggested modifications in some allowances which are applicable universally and others which apply to specific categories – railway men, postal employees, scientists, defence forces personnel, doctors and nurses and others.