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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

7th Pay Commission Allowances : Here are the 10 things to know

The Cabinet yesterday has approved the recommendation of the 7th pay commission on allowances including HRA or House Rent Allowance with 34 modifications which will be applicable with effect from July 1, 2017. The move is likely to benefit 34 lakh central government employees and 14 lakh defence personnel. The revised allowances are likely to cost the government an additional Rs. 30,748.23 crore per annum. The 7th pay commission examined 197 allowances and recommended abolition of 53 allowances and subsuming 37 in others.

7th Pay Commission Allowances: Here are 10 things to know:


1. HRA will be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of new basic pay.

2. Also, the government said HRA will not be less than Rs. 5,400, Rs. 3,600 and Rs. 1,800, which are calculated at 30, 20 and 10 per cent of minimum pay of Rs. 18,000. 

3. The revised minimum HRA will benefit 7.5 lakh Central government employees, the government said.

4.  The 7th pay commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent when DA or dearness allowance crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when it crosses 100 per cent. Now, the government decided to revise HRA rates when DA crosses 25 per cent and 50 per cent respectively.

5. For pensioners, the medical allowances have been doubled to Rs. 1,000, compared to Rs. 500 earlier. Constant attendance allowance on 100 per cent disablement increased from Rs. 4,500 to Rs. 6,750.

6. Meanwhile, the government has also increased the nursing allowance paid to nurses and ministerial staffs of hospitals to Rs. 7,200 per month from Rs. 4,800 earlier.

7. Operation theatre allowance increased from Rs. 360 per month to Rs. 540 per month and hospital patient care allowance (HPCA)/ patient care allowance (PCA) revised from Rs. 2,070-Rs. 2,100 to Rs. 4,100-Rs. 5,300 per month.

8. The Cabinet modified the 7th Pay Commission Recommendations and now the HPCA and CPA benefits to continue for ministerial staff.

9. Siachen allowances have been increased from Rs. 14,000 per month to Rs. 30,000 for soldiers and for officers the same will be Rs. 42,500 for extreme risk and hardship from Rs. 21,000 earlier.

10. Economists say that disbursement of 7th pay commission allowances is expected to give a further boost to consumer spending and thus the broader economy.

Source  : NDTV
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

7th Pay Commission: Final decision on allowances tomorrow; govt employees may suffer monthly HRA loss of up to Rs 15,000

New Delhi: The central government employees are likely to get revised allowances from July onwards.

As per sources, the Cabinet will take final decision on E-CoS proposal on Wednesday (June 14). The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) set up to screen the Lavasa panel recommendations on allowances, last week submitted its proposal to the Cabinet for approval.


A high-level committee headed by the Finance Secretary, Ashok Lavasa had on April 27 submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries has reportedly given its view in favour of AK Mathur-led 7th Pay Commission recommendation, regarding decrease in house rent allowance (HRA) by 2-6 percent depending on type of cities.

The 7th Pay Commission headed by AK Mathur had earlier proposed the rate of House Rent Allowance (HRA) at 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively.
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The Commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA will be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent.

The existing rates of HRA for Class X, Y and Z cities and towns are 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent of Basic pay (pay in the pay band plus grade pay)


HRA as per existing or 6th CPC
HRA as per AK Mathur panel
city X (min-max)
 city Y (min-max)
city Z (min-max)
city X (min-max)
 city Y (min-max)
city Z (min-max)
Rs 5,400- Rs 75,000
Rs 3,600- Rs 50,000 
Rs 1,800- Rs 25,000
Rs 4,320-Rs 60,000
Rs 2,880-Rs 40,000
Rs 1,440-Rs 20,000



Option 1
If the government accepts the bare recommendations of A K Mathur-led 7th Pay Commission then the HRA component of central government employees will increase ranging between 106 percent and 122 percent.

Take, for instance, a central government employee at the very bottom of the pay scale under 6th Pay Commission was till now entitled to an HRA of Rs 2,100 on basic pay of Rs 7,000 (basic pay that includes pay of pay band + grade pay) in a Class X city. It is to be noted that government, while implementing the 7th Pay Commission in June last year had made it clear that till the final outcome of allowances committee is being placed, the employees would be getting the allowances as per 6th Pay Commission.

Now, as per 7th Pay Commission, the new entry level pay at this level is Rs 18,000 per month against which the new HRA for a Class X city would be Rs 4,320 per month, that is 106 percent more than the existing level.

Similarly, at the highest level of the pay scale, the Cabinet Secretary and officers of the same rank have a basic pay of Rs 90,000, which means they are entitled to current HRA of Rs 27,000 in Class X towns. After the revised pay scale, the new basic pay is Rs 2.5 lakh, for which the HRA would be Rs 60,000, meaning a hike of 122 percent.

Option 2
If the government retains the exiting HRA rates (as per 6th Pay Commission) then the HRA component of central government employees will increase ranging between 157 percent and 178 percent.

Take, for instance, a central government employee at the very bottom of the pay scale under 6th Pay Commission was till now entitled to an HRA of Rs 2,100 on basic pay of Rs 7,000 (basic pay that includes pay of pay band + grade pay) in a Class X city. It is to be noted that government, while implementing the 7th Pay Commission in June last year had made it clear that till the final outcome of allowances committee is being placed, the employees would be getting the allowances as per 6th Pay Commission.

Now, as per 7th Pay Commission, the new entry level pay at this level is Rs 18,000 per month against which the new HRA for a Class X city would be Rs 5,400 per month, that is around 157 percent more than the existing level.

Similarly, at the highest level of the pay scale, the Cabinet Secretary and officers of the same rank have a basic pay of Rs 90,000, which means they are entitled to current HRA of Rs 27,000 in Class X towns. After the revised pay scale, the new basic pay is Rs 2.5 lakh, for which the HRA would be Rs 75,000, meaning a hike of around 178 percent.

Source : ZeeNews
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

7th Pay Commission: Cabinet postpones meet, here is what happens next on allowances and HRA

The Union Cabinet has fixed a new date to take up the issue relating to higher allowances and HRA as per the 7th Pay Commission. Sources told OneIndia that the matter was not taken up on Wednesday by the Cabinet. Now the agenda will be set following which the matter will be taken up for final consideration. A Union leader who did not wished to be named said that the matter will be taken up soon by the Cabinet.

A Union leader who did not wished to be named said that the matter will be taken up soon by the Cabinet.

Employees will have to wait A crucial Union Cabinet meeting was expected to be held on Wednesday. Now that the matter was not taken up, the Cabinet will discuss the issue soon after setting an agenda, the leader also informed.

E-CoS report with Cabinet 

The report with by Empowered Committee of Secretaries is with the Cabinet. Senior officers including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is going through the report. He would discuss the matter directly with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then place it before the Cabinet for a final decision on higher allowances and HRA.

Proposal for consideration by Cabinet An increase in House Rent Allowance (HRA) and basic pay was among the major concerns raised at the meeting of Empowered Committee of Secretaries for Central government employees. Although some reports indicated that the a cap of 25 per cent and 27 per cent was put on HRA, the Cabinet is likely to reverse that as per the employees' demands.

What is demanded The Central government employees have demanded that the HRA must be left unchanged at 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent depending on the city where they live. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended that the HRA must be reduced to 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the basic pay.

Hike in allowances to be cleared Good news is there for central government employees sources say. The proposal to hike their allowances as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission will be considered by the Cabinet.

The 178 per cent HRA hike 
The Cabinet will first discuss the hike employees have been asking in the range of 157 to 178 per cent is the HRA rates as per the 6th Pay Commission. The existing rates of HRA for Class X, Y and Z cities and towns are 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent of Basic pay (pay in the pay band plus grade pay). If the Cabinet retains the existing HRA then the component for central government employees will increase in a range of 157 to 178 per cent

Possibilities 
A central government employee at the very bottom of the pay scale under 6th Pay Commission was till now entitled to an HRA of Rs 2,100 on basic pay of Rs 7,000 (basic pay that includes pay of pay band + grade pay) in a Class X city. It is to be noted that government, while implementing the 7th Pay Commission in June last year had made it clear that till the final outcome of allowances committee is being placed, the employees would be getting the allowances as per 6th Pay Commission.

New entry level As per 7th Pay Commission, the new entry level pay at this level is Rs 18,000 per month against which the new HRA for a Class X city would be Rs 5,400 per month, that is around 157 percent more than the existing level. At the highest level of the pay scale, the Cabinet Secretary and officers of the same rank have a basic pay of Rs 90,000, which means they are entitled to current HRA of Rs 27,000 in Class X towns. After the revised pay scale, the new basic pay is Rs 2.5 lakh, for which the HRA would be Rs 75,000, meaning a hike of around 178 percent. 



Source : OneIndia News
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Monday, 24 April 2017

Central govt women employees fight for 730-day child care leave

Central govt women employees fight for 730-day child care leave

In February 2014, Saphla Rani made news for becoming a mother for the first time at a very late age of 57. Employed as junior manager with RITES (a public sector undertaking under the ministry of railways), she gave birth to a baby boy after undergoing 15 cycles of in-vitro fertilization, a physically and financially taxing fertility procedure.


Also Read : 7th Pay Commission Latest News

Three years later, she is now fighting her employer for - first, not sanctioning her Child Care Leave (CCL), which she claims is her Fundamental Right, and second for withholding her due salary when she anyway proceeded on CCL. Last Friday, Saphla says, she received a suspension letter from RITES.

Also Read on : Recent News on Allowances

She claims that despite her repeated applications for sanction of CCL, her employer refused to grant it and also didn't furnish any valid reason for the same. She has now filed a complaint with the National Commission of Women, which has sent a letter to RITES seeking a report on the matter.

When TOI spoke to a senior official in RITES, he said that although RITES comes under the ministry of railways, it is a public sector undertaking and has a different leave structure. "We don't follow central government pay packages. And CCL has not yet been approved by our board of directors," he said.

The 7th Pay commission recommends CCL can be granted to women employees having minor children below the age of 18 years, for a maximum period of 2 years (ie. 730 days) during their entire service, for taking care of up to two children. During this period women will be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.
While women contest that CCL is their right, official communication from the department of personnel and training denies that. An official clarification issued by the DoPT says that CCL cannot be demanded as a matter of right. "Under no circumstances can any employee proceed on CCL without prior proper approval of the leave by the leave sanctioning authority," reads the official clarification.

In the past few years frequent cases of denial of this leave have been reported in the media. For example, in 2014, S Mangala, deputy general manager (Aviation Safety), AAI, filed a petition with the Bombay High Court seeking implementation of child care leave norms recommended in the Sixth Pay Commission in 2008. The judges reserved the order after hearing both sides. Mangala approached the High Court after her request for leave for attending to her 12-year-old daughter was rejected.

In 2015, the Central Administrative Tribunal ruled the CCL was the right of every working woman while directing Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh to reinstate their employee, Anu Sharma, who was sacked for proceeding on CCL.
The Supreme Court passed an order in 2014 ruling that a woman employee of central government can get uninterrupted leave for two years for child care, which also includes needs like examination and sickness. The apex court passed the order in response to a petition filed by Kakali Ghosh, a government employee, challenging government's decision not to grant her leave of 730 days for preparing her son for secondary/senior examinations.

Source : Times Of India
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RAILWAY RUNNING STAFF TO HOLD TWO-DAY FAST OVER 7TH PAY COMMISSION

RAILWAY RUNNING STAFF TO HOLD TWO-DAY FAST OVER 7TH PAY COMMISSION


Railway personnel, including loco pilots, motormen and guards, will observe a hunger strike while on duty on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is in support of a sit-in protest by their parent union at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. In preparation, the All-India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) and the All-India Guards Council (AIGC) held a meeting at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station on Sunday evening, where AILRSA general secretary DS Koparkar addressed about a 100 motormen and guards from the Central Railway motorman lobby.

Also read: 7th Pay Commission Latest News

Speaking to Mirror, Koparkar said, "We have decided to lend support to the 36-hour fast planned by our parent body at Jantar Mantar and we will hold the fast from 8 am to 8 pm while on duty. If they get one hour free during their duty hours, they will join the protest here at CST."
The central leadership of the two organizations will sit on hunger strike in front of the Parliament in New Delhi, while the running staff of the different divisions will protest at their Divisional headquarters.
Motorman Afroz Ahmed, who attended the meet, said, "The railway administration has not taken cognizance of our longstanding demands and that's why I have decided to be a part of this token protest."
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The strike will attempt to highlight their grievances covering a number of issues including the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on wages and allowances for different grades of running staff. Ever since the Central Government notified the 7th Pay Commission on July 25, 2016, running staff i.e. guards and engine drivers of the Indian Railways have been protesting against various discriminatory policies, including long hours of employment and inadequate allowances.

Following these protests, the government had set up two committees to look into their grievances: namely the Allowances Committee and the Anomalies Committee.

Grievances included complaints that guards on goods trains were not given stressful duty allowance or adequate uniform washing allowance. They had also pointed out how guards of goods trains had to operate alone from their cabin without even basic facilities such as lights and fans.

Source : IndiaTimes
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7th Pay Commission: J&K government sets up panel to examine pay scale revision


Jammu: Setting the ball rolling for the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission in Jammu and Kashmir, the government has setup a seven-member panel to examine the revision of pay scales of the employees and pensioners.

Finance minister Haseeb Drabu, who presented the budget in the Assembly on 11 January, had said the government would implement the 7th Pay Commission from 1 April, 2018.

“Sanction is hereby accorded to the constitution of a Pay Committee to examine the revision of pay scales of the state government employees, pensioners pursuant to the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations by the government of India,” commissioner-secretary to the government Khurshid Ahmad said in a government order issued in Jammu.

The panel will be headed by administrative secretary, planning development and monitoring department with members as administrative secretaries of home, finance, law & justice departments and public works department (PWD), general administrative department (GAD), finance, the officer said, adding that director codes, finance department will be member-secretary of the panel.

The pay committee shall examine the import of recommendations of 7th CPC vis-a-vis the existing pay bands and desirability of changing them suitably, Ahmad said. The panel shall transform the state government organisations into modern, professional and citizen friendly entities that are dedicated to the service of the people, he said, adding it shall review the structure of medical allowance, compensatory allowance, house rent allowance, temporary move allowance and other allowances.

The Pay Committee shall suggest an overall package keeping in view any other point which may be having direct bearing on the issue of restructuring of the of pay bands, Ahmad said. It shall also examine the principles which should govern the structure of pension, death-cum-retirement gratuity, family pension and other terminal and recurring benefits having financial implications to the state government employees falling under old pension scheme appointed before 1 January 2016, he said.

The committee shall examine the desirability and need to sanction an interim relief till the time its recommendations are made, and accepted by the government. The Pay commission will benefit over 4.5 lakh employees besides pensioners in the state, he added.

Source : Livemint

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Implement 7th Pay Commission: Pensioners

Implement 7th Pay Commission: Pensioners


JAMMU: J&K State Pensioners Association criticised the State Government for not implementation of Seventh Pay Commission till April 2018.

In the meeting held here on Monday, General Secretary, Madan Lal Abrol termed the constitution of the committee to examine recommendations of Central Seventh Pay Commission to implement the same in the State, is apolitical gambit and not a serious or real action.

Abrol said that it is a fact that present Coalition Government has done nothing for the welfare of the employees and pensioners of the State. He demanded implementation of Seventh Pay Commission report in J and K in toto.

Abrol urged J and K Government to grant the structure of pension on death cum retirement, gratuity, family pension and other terminal and recurring benefits to employees and pensioners without any modification.

Among those who attended the meeting were include Yashpaul Sasan, Harbans Singh, Jagdish Dogra, Mohammad Shafi, Puran Chand Khajuria, Des Raj Sharma, Raj Kumar, Tej Ram , Dr. Jagdish and Puran Singh.

Source : State Times
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Sunday, 23 April 2017

7th Pay Commission Allowance news: Is PM Narendra Modi the final hope for central government employees?

7th Pay Commission Allowance news: Is PM Narendra Modi the final hope for central government employees?


New Delhi, April 22: Almost 10 months have been passed and yet the ‘Committee on Allowances‘ is yet to submit its report. Around 43 lakh employees currently working on the payroll of central government have almost lost their hopes. A large number of government employees are pessimist about the allowances, but the ray of hope for these employees lies within the government. For Central Government employees Prime Minister Narendra Modi is their last hope, as most of them believe that if PM intervenes in the issue, their demands on minimum wages and higher allowance will be met soon. The recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission was implemented last year. For the decision on higher allowances, a separate committee was set by the Union Government which is headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to look into the demands of Central Government employees. 

Last year in June, after the Union Government implemented the recommendations made under 7th Pay Commission, the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) along with several other leaders had met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. During the meeting, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told NJCA convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra that “this meeting had a blessing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. Since then a large chunk of central government employees has held high hopes with the Union Government, especially with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Earlier this week, Shiv Gopal Mishra, reportedly said that if their demands for higher allowances and minimum wage are further delayed then they will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We believe in PM Modi he is our last hope,” said Shiv Gopal Mishra.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not take any confrontation with the government employees and to maintain a good industrial relation in the country, he will find a good negotiated settlement for a large number of government employees,” Shiv Gopal Mishra was quoted in a video. Shiv Gopal Mishra also said that the NJCA will also meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Mishra further added that the government can be blamed for the delay, as the Committee on Allowances is yet to submit its final report. Some reports suggest that the Ashok Lavasa committee will submit its report by the end of next week.

“We have full faith on PM Modi, he will come up with a good settlement plan for central government employees,” said a Union Member. NJCA is a joint body of unions representing central government employees.

The basic pay was hiked from January 1, 2016, but for last 10 months, the central government employees are still waiting for the higher allowances.

Source : India.com
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Friday, 14 April 2017

7th Pay Commission report: Big changes expected from Ashok Lavasa panel recommendations

7th Pay Commission report: Big changes expected from Ashok Lavasa panel recommendations


With the Ashok Lavasa committee set to recommend changes in allowances under the seventh pay commission, the salaries of central government employees will be witnessing major changes. Apart from abolishing or subsuming various allowances, the committee is most significantly revising the rates of House Rent Allowances (HRA), which a fixed amount paid to the employees for their accommodation needs.



While the HRA is a crucial part of the salaries of government employees, it currently constitutes 30 % of the salries of employees working in metro areas. In the revised rates, the committee will be reducing the HRA to 24% in the metros. The seventh pay commission has further mentioned that the HRA will be extended as per the type of the city where the employee is living in. The cities across the country have been classified into three classes, X, Y and Z.

The cities under class X are Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and under class Y comes Agra, Ajmer, Aligarh, Allahabad, Amravati, Amritsar, Asansol, Aurangabad, Bareilly, Belgaum, Bhavnagar, Bhiwandi, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Bikaner, Bokaro Steel City, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Dhanbad, Durg-Bhilai Nagar, Durgapur, Erode, Faridabad, Firozabad, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Gulbarga, Guntur, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Gwalior, Hubli-Dharwad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Jammu, Jamnagar, Jamshedpur, Jhansi, Jodhpur, Kannur, Kanpur, Kakinada, Kochi, Kottayam, Kolhapur, Kollam, Kota, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Malappuram, Malegaon, Mangalore, Meerut, Moradabad, Mysore, Nagpur, Nashik, Nellore, Noida, Patna, Pondicherry, Raipur, Rajkot, Rajahmundry, Ranchi, Rourkela, Salem, Sangli, Siliguri, Solapur, Srinagar, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, Ujjain, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vasai-Virar City, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Warangal. While all other cities in all states and union territories fall under class Z.

While, as per the Ashok Lavasa committee recomendation, the HRA rates will be fixed on the basis of the living costs in different cities, the committee is also planning to set the rates on the basis of the Dearness Allowance (DA) paid to the employees. As reported by India.com, it stated that if the DA to an employee crosses 50% the HRA rates will be 27 per cent, 18 percent and 9 per cent. And if the DA rate crosses 100 % the HRA rates will be 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent.

The Ashok Lavasa committee is expected to present the final report on the revised rates on April 18.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

GPF Rules Simplified - No need of documentary proof for taking advance & Withdrawal

GPF Rules Simplified - No need of documentary proof for taking advance & Withdrawal


With effect from 7th March 2017, Government has simplified and liberalised the conditions for taking advance from the fund by the subscribers for education, illness, purchase of consumer durables. Conditions and procedures for withdrawal from the fund for the purpose of education, illness, housing, purchase of motor vehicles etc. have also been liberalised. No documentary proof is required to be submitted now for advance and withdrawal applications. A simple declaration by the subscriber is sufficient. A time limit for sanction and payment of advance/withdrawal has also been fixed. 


There is no proposal under consideration of Government to increase/link the rate of interest on GPF at parity with that of EPF. The interest rates on EPF are decided on the recommendations of the Central Board of Trustee (EPF) taking into account the yearly income from the investment made by EPFO. The GPF interest rate is presently fixed at par with that of PPF interest rate. 

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to question by Dr. Sunil Baliram Gaikwad, Kunwar Haribansh Singh, Shri T. Radhakrishnan, Shri Gajanan Kirtikar and Shri Bidyut Baran Mahato in the Lok Sabha today. 

Source : PIB
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