7th Pay Commission: Fatter allowances report may be delayed by a week

New Delhi: The submission of report on fatter allowances is likely to be delayed by a week, primarily because Uri terror attack on an army base in Jammu and Kashmir and partly BJP national executive meet held in the Kerala city of Kozhikode.

However, Congress criticised BJP s Kozhikode event after the September 18 terror attack at Uri.

The report of the committee on allowances, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was to submit last week but the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was too busy with political agenda for the both incidents that so fatter allowances was not prioritised, sources in Finance Ministry familiar with the matter said today morning asking not be named.

The committee on allowances is ready to submit its report even two months in advance, when the Finance minister calls up, the committee will submit its report.

The committee is likely to call on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in this week, if the political situation returns to normal, sources added.

The 7th pay commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances, recommendation is radical in nature and the central government employees’ unions did not want to approve the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on allowances without examining them further.

Accordingly, the government has decided that the recommendations on allowances, other than dearness allowance, will be examined by a committee on allowances, when the Union Cabinet cleared the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension on June 29.

The committee on allowances, already met with employees unions leaders on August 4 and September 1 respectively and the committee prepared its report, the central government employees’ unions leaders said.

The matters relating to pay and pension as decided by the government have been implemented with effect from January one this year.

However, the pay commission resolution issued on July 25 said, till a final decision on allowances is taken based on the recommendations of this Committee, all allowances will continue to be paid at existing rates in existing pay structure, as if the pay had not been revised with effect from January 1, 2016.

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