New Delhi, June 10: Central government employees, who have been waiting for higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission, may get some good news by the end of June. The Union Cabinet is expected to give final nod to the report of Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission, in one of its meeting this month. Shiv Gopal Mishra, chief of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), leading the 7th Pay Commission negotiations with the government, also said the Cabinet would give final approval by the end of June.
“Higher allowances should most likely be implemented from July. I think the Cabinet would give the final nod in any of its meetings in this month,” said Shiv Gopal Mishra, while speaking to India.com. Although the NJCA has indicated that higher allowances would be approved in one of the Cabinet meetings this month, there has been no official confirmation made in this regard. If media reports are to be believed, the central government employees are likely to receive higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission from July 18.
The NJCA demanded to keep housing rent allowance (HRA) rate as per the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission since the 7th Pay Commission had suggested reduction. While the central government employees demanded to keep HRA rate at between 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent, the 7th Pay Commission had recommended that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent. According to a report published in Financial Express, HRA in cities with population above 5 million could be 27 per cent of the basic pay.
Moreover, there is no confirmation from the government whether arrears on allowances would be provided to the employees. “We have been given no confirmation in this regard,” said Shiv Gopal Mishra. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay for Central government employees, which is the lowest in 70 years, and suggested the abolition of 52 out of the 196 existing allowances, apart from subsuming 36 smaller allowances. While the salaries of central government employees have been hiked as per the 7th Pay Commission, revised higher allowances haven’t been paid.