7th Pay Commission:Central Government employees will be receiving the revised allowancesfrom October 1, 2016.The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission covers some 48 lakh Central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners. “This development comes days after the second meeting of the committee on allowances which was held on September 1, following which the employees will now get the new allowances with their October salaries,” he said.
Under the chairmanship of Union Secretary, theCommittee on Allowancesmet with representatives of the Central government unions on September 1. The committee is likely to submit its report to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley within a week.
To recall, on July 22, the Committee on Allowances was set up in order to decide on the revision of allowance. Justice A K Mathur panel had earlier recommended subsuming 37 and the abolition of 51 allowances others,after examining 196 allowances.
A press release issued by the government after the Cabinet approval to Pay Commission recommendations had said:“The 7th Pay Commission examined a total of 196 existing allowances and, by way of rationalisation, recommended the abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for allowances which may have wide-ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on allowances.”
The central government employees unions demanded implementation of the allowances from January 2016 itself, but the revised allowances as per recommendations made by 7th Pay Commission will go into effect on October 1.
Update:Central government’s7th Pay Commission that promises to hike salaries of over4.2 million central government employees and over 5.2 million pensioners, has beenmeetwith resistant from armed forces. They believe that bureaucrats and politiciansconsider the defense services much inferior to them.The commission recommends many perks for bureaucrats but not much for the tr-services. For instance, the disability pension of an Additional Secretary is Rs 70,000 compared to three-star General who only receives Rs 27,000. Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh has submitted a memorandum addressed to the President that says: “The community of veterans across the country fully endorses the stand taken by the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force with regard to the recommendations of the seventh Central Pay Commission.” Senior veterans who have joined the forces include Lieutenant Generals, Major Generals, Brigadiers, Colonels, JCOs, soldiers, even Congress leaders that includesAmbika Soni, Asha Kumari and Harish Chaudhary.