New Delhi, April 8: As the financial year had already ended, and the Budget session is about to end by next week but the more than 1 crore central government employees have not got their answers on higher allowances and pay hike under the 7th Pay Commission. The Committee on Allowance, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa recently submitted its final report to Finance Minister Aru Jaitley. More than 43 lakh central government employees and 57 lakh pensioners are eagerly waiting for the implementation of 7th Pay Commission, especially for higher allowances. As almost a year had passed and there is no firm decision on the issue, due to which several government employees have held the committee officials responsible for the delay.
In June last year, after the Narendra Modi government had approved the recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission by retired justice AK Mathur and his team, the government had then formed 7th Pay Commission recommendation committee on a higher allowance and the committee is also responsible for working on the minimum wage of central government employees. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced the formation of Lavasa panel under the chairmanship of Ashok Lavasa, to examine the issues and suggestions raised on an allowance. Also Read – 7th Pay Commission: Dearness Relief to be paid from January 1, 2017, for central government pensioners; Report
Earlier this month, The Sen Times quoted a source saying that “Neither Prime Minister Narendra Modi nor Arun Jaitley could be held responsible for the delay in the implementation of higher allowance.”
If reports are to be believed, the committee on allowances has given its view in favour of employees by recommending against cancelling the existing rates of House Rent Allowance (HRA). Under the 7th Pay Commission, one of the major concerns for employees is to deal with HRA by 2-6 per cent depending on the type of cities
Earlier this month, the Committee on Allowances was apprised 14 existing allowances given by Department of Posts, Ministries of Railways and Defence. The panel had sought more details on these allowances as it were left out by the 7th Pay Commission. Some reports claim that the committee has taken a final view on these 14 existing allowances.
Earlier the 7CPC in its findings had recommended the abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 others out of 196 allowances.