About 47 lakh Central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners have been waiting for higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission since July last year. The delay in release of higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission has affected the daily life of central government employees and pensioners. A leader of the employees’ union also blamed Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for delaying the payment of higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission.
Several central government employees are of view that the government is deliberately delaying the release of higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission. They also said the imposition of model code of conduct following Assembly elections in five states is just a lame excuse of the government to further delay the higher allowances.
The Committee on Allowances, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, agreed with the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations on transport allowance.
In other words, Central government employees will continue to draw the transport allowance (TPTA) they were getting under the Sixth Pay Commission.
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- The Seventh Pay Commission had already factored in the rate of Dearness Allowance at 125 per cent assuming the date of implementation to be January 1 next year. The existing transport allowance already meets the criteria and therefore remains unchanged.
- The House Rent Allowance (HRA), which forms a sizeable amount of the salary drawn by a government employee, is also expected to remain unchanged–at 30 per cent of basic pay in metros.
- The Committee on Allowances under Ashok Lavasa is believed to have suggested that the amount drawn under the Sixth Pay Commission should be left unchanged.
- The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended reducing the HRA from 30 per cent to 24 per cent, a suggestion that was widely protested by government employees.
- The pay commission also recommended abolishing 53 of the 196 allowances besides subsuming some others.
- With the election season about to get over by March 11, the government is expected to make an announcement on implementation of revised allowances.
- Nearly 50 lakh government employees will benefit from the revision in allowances once the recommendations are implemented.