7th Pay Commission report meet on allowances: Your wait for updates on higher allowances recommended by the 7th Pay Commission is going to end soon. 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 and firm up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet, according to media reports, although no formal announcement has been made by the government in this regard.
The Seventh Pay Commission report Committee on Allowances – headed by Ashok Lavasa and constituted by the Ministry of Finance to examine the 7th CPC recommendations on allowances – has already submitted its report in the last week of April. The decision to set up the Committee was taken in view of significant changes recommended by the 7th CPC in the allowances structure and a large number of representations received in this regard from various Staff Associations as well as the apprehensions conveyed by various ministries/departments. The 7th CPC 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.
Based on such extensive consultations and detailed examination, the Committee had suggested certain modifications in the 7th Pay Commission report recommendations so as to address the concerns of the stakeholders in the context of the rationale behind the recommendations of the 7th CPC as well as other administrative exigencies. Modifications have been suggested in some allowances which are applicable universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories such as railway men, postal employees, scientists, defence forces personnel, doctors and nurses, etc.
It may be recalled that while recommendations of the 7th CPC on pay and pension were implemented with the approval of Cabinet, allowances continue to be paid at old rates. 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.