7th CPC Latest News: The Ministry of Finance has assured the Home Ministry that it will take necessary steps to fulfil the demand of nine lakh personnel of Central Armed Forces. The paramilitary forces were demanding waiver of taxes on Ration Money Allowance (RMA) and Risk and Hardship Allowance.

The seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) has reportedly said that RMA, which is given in lieu of free ration, will be exempted from income tax because of the unique service conditions of the personnel.

All personnel of non-gazetted personnel of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), Delhi Police, IB, A and N Police and Indian Reserve Battalion personnel, who do not eat in the mess, receive RMA. The current rate of this allowance for non-gazetted personnel is Rs 95.52 per day, whereas for gazetted workers this is Rs 79.93 per day.

The Central Armed Forces include the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Armed Forces Force (SSB).

Apart from this, the seventh CPC has also recommended that the provision to grant RMA to officers of the defence forces posted in the free ration and peace areas will be withdrawn.

The Home Ministry had requested the Finance Ministry to examine the demand of security forces on an immediate basis. On the basis of the recommendations made by the seventh Central Pay Commission, non-gazetted rank workers of Central Armed Forces such as constables, assistant sub-inspectors etc are entitled to Rs 3,000 per month ration money allowance.

The amount of RMA for the paramilitary personnel is Rs 6,000 to Rs 25,000 per month. While issuing an order restricting the payment of RMA in September 1998, the Delhi High Court recently issued instructions that payment of RMA arrears to all affected personnel within 12 weeks.

Up to the rank of the Commandant, all CRPF personnel will be eligible to receive RMA despite their posting, said reports.