The Central government· employees’ wait· for allowances is likely to get· longer as the Committee on Allowances has not yet submitted its report· to the government· .
In a written reply to a question· on Seventh Pay Commission in Lok Sabha on March 10 , Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said the Committee , under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa , is yet to submit· its report· . The minister said that the deliberations of the committee are in the final· stages .
The Committee on Allowances was formed in July 2016 following protests by government· employees over recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission on allowances .
The committee , tasked with reviewing the recommendations , was given four months’ time· to submit· its report· . Later , the deadline· was extended to February 22 , 2017 .
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The Seventh Pay Commission recommended axing 53 of the 196 allowances for government· employees and merging some others . Employees–already disgruntled with the lowest hike· in basic pay· in 70 years· at 14.27 per cent–protested against the recommendations .
In July, the Narendra Modi government· constituted a committee under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to review· the recommendations . The committee was given four months’ time· to submit· the report· to Finance Ministry . In October , Ashok Lavasa was quoted by some agencies as saying that he was ready with the report· .
Later , the government· extended the deadline· for report· submission· to February 22 , 2017 . Now , going by Minister of State for Finance’s reply , it seems government· employees will have· to wait· longer before they can hear· some news on hike· in allowances .
According to some reports , the Ashok Lavasa committee has decided against reducing the house· rent· allowance· (HRA) for government· employees . The Seventh Pay Commission suggested bringing down the HRA to 24 per cent , 16 per cent and 8 per cent respectively depending on type· of cities .
If reports are to be· believed , the Committee on Allowances has suggested that the HRA be· kept as it was under the Sixth Pay Commission–at 10 per cent , 20 per cent , and 30 per cent respectively .
The transport· allowance· is likely to remain· constant· as certain reports said the Committee on Allowances agreed with Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendation , which had already factored in the Dearness Allowance at 125 per cent assuming the date· of implementation· to be· January 1 next· year .