Government accepts most of pay commissions proposals on advances

New Delhi: The government has accepted most of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on advances, with the changes have been put in the office memorandums on Friday.

The government said in the OM that bicycle advance, warm clothing advance, advance of pay on transfer, festival advance, natural calamity advance, advance of leave salary and advance for law suits have been abolished.

However, according to the OM, government has agreed to continue interest-free advances for medical treatment, travelling allowance (TA) for family of deceased, TA on tour or transfer and Leave Travel Concession (LTC) overriding the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation.

In another OM, the government said, the interest bearing advances relating to motor car advance and motorcycle/scooter/moped advance will stand discontinued.

However, the interest bearing computer advance has been enhanced to Rs. 50,000 as proposed by the 7th Pay Commission.

Last year, the pay commission headed by Justice A K Mathur had also recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others after examining 196 allowances.

In June this year, the Cabinet had approved recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on pay and pensions for the central government employees and pensioners.

The Cabinet, however, deferred a revision in allowances. A committee headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa has been set up to look into the recommendations in this regard because there was resentment among employees over suggestions to scrap some allowances.

Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said recently, the committee on allowances will submit its report soon.

The sources in the Finance Ministry said that the quantum of allowances may not vary from those proposed by the 7th Pay Commission.

The committee on allowances is likely to stick with the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on allowances, the sources added.

The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission are applicable to 48 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

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