New Delhi, June 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to hold a review meeting today with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to discuss his views on higher allowances and house rent allowances under the 7th Pay Commission. The meeting is expected to start sometime in the evening and as soon as the meeting ends, a major announcement is expected.
Though the Union Cabinet had skipped the issue of revised allowances in the previous two meetings. But it is expected to end the matter by this week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicks off his Portugal-US-Netherland trip this weekend.
During the meeting, the top officials are is likely to brief on recommendations of the Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, a source within the Finance Ministry was quoted by The Sen Times. Also Read – 7th Pay Commission: Decision on higher allowances delayed till June 25; What to expect
The Ashok Lavasa committee had examined the recommendation of higher allowance under the 7th Pay Commission and submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on April 27. The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha was also responsible for setting up to screen the report and firming up proposals for the Union Cabinet.
The committee on 7th Pay Commission headed by Justice A Mathur had suggested some modifications in some allowances that are applicable universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories.
However, the 7th Pay Commission had recommended to abolish 52 out of 196 allowances and had also advised abolishing 36 other allowances as separate identities by subsuming them in another allowance.
More than 57 lakh Central Government employees have been eagerly waiting for a further announcement on a higher allowance. The 7th Pay Commission was constituted in 2014 and its recommendations were implemented in last month.