DELHI. The Committee on Allowances, constituted by the Ministry of Finance to examine the 7th CPC recommendations on Allowances, submitted its Report to Arun Jaitley,
Finance Minister. The Committee was headed by Ashok
Lavasa, Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) and had Secretaries of
Home Affairs, Defence, Health & Family Welfare, Personnel & Training, Post and
Chairman, Railway Board as Members and Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell) as
Member Secretary. The Committee was set up in pursuance of the Cabinet decision on 29.06.2016 when approving the 7th CPC recommendations on pay, pensions and related issues were approved. The decision to set up the Committee was taken in view of
significant changes recommended by the 7th CPC in the allowances structure and a
large number of representations received in this regard from various Staff
Associations as well as the apprehensions conveyed by various Ministries /
Departments. The 7th CPC had recommended that of a total of 196 Allowances, 52
be abolished altogether and 36 be abolished as separate identities by subsuming
them in another allowance.
The Committee took note of all the representations received from various
stakeholders on the 7th CPC recommendations on Allowances. Representations and
demands for modifications were received in respect of 79 allowances which have
been examined in detail by the Committee. In doing so, the Committee interacted
with all the members of the Standing Committee of National Council (Staff Side),
Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) as well the representatives of various Staff
Associations of Railways, Postal employees, Doctors, Nurses, and Department of
Atomic Energy. It also interacted with the representatives of the Defence Forces,
DGs of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) namely CRPF, CISF, BSF, ITBP,
SSB, and Assam Rifles as also senior officers from IB and SPG to understand the
viewpoint of their personnel. As mentioned in the Report, the Committee held a total
of 15 meetings and was assisted by a Group of Officers headed by Additional
Secretary (D/o Expenditure) in examining the representations.
Based on such extensive stakeholder consultations and detailed examination, the
Committee has suggested certain modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations so
as to address the concerns of the stakeholders in the context of the rationale behind
the recommendations of the 7th CPC as well as other administrative exigencies.
Modifications have been suggested in some allowances which are applicable
universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to
specific employee categories such as Railwaymen, Postal employees, Scientists,
Defence Forces personnel, Doctors, Nurses etc.
Vineet Maan, Vice President, NORTH WESTERN RAILWAY EMPLOYEES UNION says, The Report, now being examined in the Department of Expenditure, will be placed
before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) set up to screen the 7th
CPC recommendations and to firm up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet. It
may be recalled that while recommendations of the 7th CPC on pay and pension
were implemented with the approval of Cabinet, allowances continue to be paid at
old rates. After consideration by the E-CoS, the proposal for implementation of 7
th CPC recommendations on Allowances after incorporating the modifications
suggested by the Committee on Allowances in its Report shall be placed before the
Cabinet for approval.