New Delhi, May 8: In a major relief for Defence personnel, the government will release revised salary as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission with arrears in May’s salary. The arrears will be calculated from January 2016, which is the date of implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Defence personnel will receive pay hike as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission and arrears of salary from this month. Meanwhile, no decision has been taken on Committee on Allowances’ report on higher allowances for central government employees under the 7th Pay Commission. (ALSO READ: Empowered Committee to take up Committee on Allowances’ report next week)
The Union cabinet notified the pending implementation of revised pay hike for armed forces under the 7th Pay Commission on May 3. The Controller- General of Defence Accounts which is responsible for implementing the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, has issued instructions to release revised pay along with arrears to the Defence personnel, said the OneIndia report. The implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for armed forces was delayed after the Army, Navy and IAF complained that their persisting salary anomalies had not been rectified by the 7CPC.
The Union Cabinet has approved the revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners. It has also approved the “percentage-based regime” for calculation of the disability pension for ex-servicemen. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended that the “percentage-based regime” should be scrapped and replaced by “a slab-based system”.
Meanwhile, report emerged that arrears would be provided on allowances. According to a Zee News report, Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha has confirmed that arrears of allowances would be given, following his meeting with the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA). P K Sinha heads the Empowered Committee of Secretaries that is tasked with the screening of Lavasa committee recommendations on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission.
The Centre partially implemented the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in July 2016, when the basic salaries were hiked by 14.3 per cent. The central government employees were given revised pay along with arrears on the salaries from January 1, 2016. A similar release of arrears is being demanded by the unions on allowances. The government hasn’t released the allowances as per the 7th Pay Commission as the Justice (retd) AK Mathur led panel had recommended the abolition of 52 out of the existing 196 allowances, apart from subsuming nearly 36 others into larger ones.
The Union Cabinet is yet to approve the Committee on Allowances’ report on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission. Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa led Committee on Allowances, which examined the 7th pay commission’s recommendations on allowances, submitted its report to the finance ministry on April 27.