New Delhi, Mar 23: The Committee on Allowances, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, is yet to submit its report on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission, according to a NDTV report. Earlier a Zee Business report has claimed that the Committee on Allowances has submitted its report to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, keeping the house rent allowance (HRA) at 30 per cent. While the NDTV report said the panel is yet to give its suggestions on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission to the Finance Ministry. Also Read - Railway Recruitment 2021: Fresh Vacancies Announced, Selected Candidates to Get Hefty Salary as Per Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission
“The Committee on Allowance hasn’t submitted its report on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The government will hold another meeting with representatives of the central government employees on March 28,” said the NDTV report. Contrary to this, the Zee Business reported that the Committee on Allowance has submitted its report, recommending that the HRA should be kept as it was under the 6th Pay Commission–at 30 per cent, 20 per cent, and 10 per cent respectively. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Dearness Allowance, Salary Hiked For These State Govt Employees
Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal, in his written reply to Lok Sabha on March 10 about the 7th Pay Commission, had said the ‘Committee on Allowance’ hasn’t submitted its report. Earlier this month, a Finance Ministry official had said the central government employees will start receiving higher allowance according to 7th Pay Commission recommendations from April 1. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Hike in Dearness Allowance, Dearness Relief For 50 Lakh Central Govt Employees From This Month
The 7th Pay Commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 others out of 196 allowances. The central government employees took serious objection over the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission about higher allowances, after which the government formed the Committee on Allowances to look into the provision of allowances other than dearness allowance.
The central government employees are being paid allowances except dearness allowance, according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations. The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), which has been negotiating with the government over the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, threatened to launch an agitation if the allowances are not hiked from April 1.