The panel made by the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) and headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to look into the proposals regarding the allowances of government employees, including the defence personnel, is expected to submit their report very soon. And the news has already raised expectations of more than one crore government employees who are expecting the allowance.The panel was formed on 29th June 2016 when the government gave the nod to the salary hike rates as proposed by the pay commission.
According to some credible government sources, the committee has already finalised the report and is expected to submit the report “this week”. The sources also claimed that allowances might not vary from those proposed by the CPC and “is likely to stick with the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on allowances”.
Earlier, the 7th Central Pay Commission after examining the existing 196 allowances which are currently paid, had suggested to omit 51 allowances and to subsume another 37. Thus the Cabinet had decided to form a committee chaired by Finance Secretary to further examine of the recommendations of 7th CPC on allowances and also gave green signal to make significant changes in the existing provisions if needed.
The Finance Ministry said in an official statement, “The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates,”
47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, including 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh retirees from the army will fall under this recommendation of the 7th CPC. Notably, the BJP government has already released the salary and pension arrears for the first semester of 2016, as well as started paying salaries after implementing the hike from August onwards.