7th Pay Commission: Wait over for salary hike! Finally, these central government employees get pay increment
7th Pay Commission: Currently, Indian Railways pays 178 kinds of allowances to its staff, including mileage allowance, night duty allowance, training allowance, transport allowance, conveyance allowance to doctors, uniform allowance, compensation in lieu of holidays and bad climate allowance.
7th Pay Commission: After struggling more than two years, finally, a ray of hope has knocked the doors of Indian Railways employees because the Modi govt has finally decided to give a massive hike in their running allowances. The hike would increase the salary of railways guards, loco pilots and assistant loco pilots by a whopping 200%. At present, loco drivers, assistant loco drivers and guards, who help in movement of a train and called the 'running staff', get paid a running allowance of around Rs 255 per 100 km, which is now being revised to about Rs 520.
The revised rates will now be sent to the Finance Ministry for approval.
Currently, railways pays 178 kinds of allowances to its staff, including mileage allowance, night duty allowance, training allowance, transport allowance, conveyance allowance to doctors, uniform allowance, compensation in lieu of holidays and bad climate allowance.
Such will increase the annual financial burden of allowances from the present around Rs 1,150 crore to about Rs 2,375 crore, the source said.
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Apart from this, the railways will also pay arrears of around Rs 4,500 crore for the period from July 1, 2017 to December 2018.
But did you know that your running allowance is exempted from tax as well! It’s up to 70%!
According to section 10(14) of Income Tax Department, transport Allowance to an employee working in any transport business to meet his personal expenditure during his duty performed in the course of running of such transport from one place to another place provided employee is not in receipt of daily allowance.
This also includes Indian Railways running staff as well. The section states that 70% of such allowance is exempted from tax or Rs 10,000 per month whichever is lower.
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Simply put, now that railway staffs running allowance is seen to get hiked by a massive 200%, a big relief would definitely come in the form of tax benefit as only 30% is taxable.
While these employees have received major good news, there are still some 48 lakh central government employees who are keenly waiting for clarification on their minimum pay and fitment factor hike despite a few rejections made by officials.
These employees are demanding a 7th pay Commission based fitment factor hike to 3.68 times with minimum pay scale of Rs 26,000. This is after the Union Cabinet revised their minimum pay to Rs 18,000 from previous Rs 7,000 per month, along with fitment factor of 2.57 times in June 2016 leading to a major hike in all central government employees salaries.
However, there has been much talk over the recent weeks that the government may hike minimum pay to Rs 21,000 and fitment factor to 3.00 times, but there is absolutely no certainty about this course of action. However, it is an option that can be explored by the NDA government if it wants to limit the funds outgo on 7th Pay Commission.