7th Pay Commission: Allowance committee likely to submit report on April 18
A week after the "crucial" allowance committee meet under 7th Pay Commission, there is no official update on when the final report will be submitted. However, the Ashok Lavasa committee is likely to announce major changes in the salaries of the central government employees, a media report said.
On April 6, the committee held a meeting to to decide on the higher allowances. The representatives of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) also to joined the meeting.
NJCA is a joint body of unions representing central government employees.
In June last year, after the implementation of 7th Pay Commission, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced the formation of Lavasa panel , to examine the suggestions on allowance.
Now, after a lot of speculations on date of submission, according to a The Financial Express report, the committee is likely to submit report on April 18.
After the last meeting, the committee had asked for some more time to finalise the report.
Apart from allowances, the panel will also give suggestions on House Rent Allowances to the government. Under the 7th Pay Commission, HRA should be paid at the rate of 24%, 16% and 8% of the new Basic Pay, depending on the type of cities.
Before that, on March 28, the Lavasa Panel had said they will finalise the report after receiving comments from ministries on treatment of 14 allowances and benefits. The panel had sought comments from ministries of defence, railways and posts on treatment of over a dozen benefits.
Other recommendations that included a change in the present system of accounting, wherein pay and allowances are clubbed and it would be difficult to bifurcate these. Out of 196 allowances, the 7th Pay Commission report had recommended abolition of 52 and subsuming of another 36 into larger existing ones.