There’s good news coming for the central government employees as the cabinet secretary said on Thursday that the report on higher allowance under 7th Pay Commission regarding the hike in allowances as it’ll be will be reviewed on or before June 1, 2017. This announcement came as bliss for the central government employees who were annoyed over the, again and again, delay in considering the recommendations by the responsible empowered committee (E-cos). Over 50 lakh central government employees have been waiting for the amended salary under the 7th Pay Commission.
According to the reports by Oneindia.com, the National Council (Staff Side) Joint Consultative Machinery met Cabinet Secretary and presented the demands of the employees. The Cabinet Secretary has fixed the June 1, 2017, date to check the report of Allowance Committee by the Empowered Committee, as per the report. On the other hand, as the deadline of June 1 has been set for the consideration, the only remaining step for the implementation would remain an approval from the union cabinet. The report said, quoting the letter presented by NJCA secretary Shiv Gopal Mishra to Cabinet, “Today I met the Cabinet Secretary (Government of India) and handed him over a copy of our letter regarding the inordinate delay in implementation of the report of the Ashok Lavasa Committee on Allowances. Also shown him our anguish regarding other demands, pending with different committees, such as Minimum Wage, Fitment Formula, and NPS, etc.”
The cabinet has already approved vital key modifications in the 7th Pay Commission, which will be applicable from January 1, 2016. Lavasa Committee has submitted its report on the various allowances paid to the government employees on April 28. On the other hand, it was commissioned in June 2016, the abolition of 53 allowances along with the possibility of 36 further allowances (out of 196 allowances under the 7th Pay Commission), the Ashok Lavasa Committee has looked into it. The committee has suggested a change in the present system of rates of existing allowances such as the House Rent Allowance.
It has recommended that House Rent Allowance (HRD) be paid at the rate of 24%, 16%, and 8%, depending on the city of residence. On the other hand, the employees union has demanded that House Rent Allowance (HRD) at 30%, 20% and 10% where the Dearness Allowance (DA) crosses 100 percent. If the Dearness Allowance (DA) crosses 50 percent, then the committee demanded the HRD be given at the rate of 27%, 18%, and 9%. In April, the Finance minister said while accepting the file that it will be examined in the Department of Expenditure and will be screened before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-cos) to set-up under the 7th Pay Commission and to make the perfect proposal for approval of the cabinet.