Jul 2, 2017

7th pay commission allowances notifications to be issued next week: Finmin

New Delhi: A Finance Ministry’s top official asserted on Friday that a detailed revised notifications over 7th pay commission allowances would be issued next week.

Briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Pay Commission had recommended reduction in the HRA rates to 24 per cent for X, 16 per cent for Y and 8 per cent for Z category of cities.

“The Department of Expenditure will issue notifications for implementation of 7th Pay Commission allowances next week, after which it will be put on the department site for downloads,” the official told The Sen Times.

Thereafter, the central government employees could get the revised allowances from their July salaries and no arrears is to be paid.” he said.

The official added before the issuance of the notification it would not be appropriate to say anything on the matter. He also added “the notification will address all apprehensions.”

“A detailed notifications will be issued which will tell what are the benefits given to employees. It is right now premature to comment on what is in it and what are the cabinet full nods.”

Briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Pay Commission had recommended reduction in the HRA rates to 24 per cent for X, 16 per cent for Y and 8 per cent for Z category of cities.

“As the HRA at the reduced rates may not be sufficient for employees falling in lower pay bracket, it has been decided that HRA will not be less than Rs 5400, Rs 3600 and Rs 1800 for X, Y and Z category of cities respectively.

“This floor rate has been calculated at 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent of the minimum pay of Rs 18,000. This will benefit more than 7.5 lakh 1 to 3 levels of employees,” he said.

House Rent Allowance (HRA) is currently paid at 30 per cent for X (population of 50 lakh and above), 20 per cent for Y (5-50 lakh) and 10 per cent for Z (below 5 lakh) category of cities.

With regard to defence forces, he said ration allowances will be directly credited to their accounts.

Talking about Siachen allowance, he said level 9 and above will get Rs 42,500 as compared to Rs 31,500 recommended by Pay Commission. For level 8 and below it would be Rs 30,000 against Rs 21,000 recommended by the Pay Commission.

“Additional allowances has been restructured, the government has doubled medical allowance for pensioners to Rs 1,000. However, the Pay Commission had recommended Rs 500 as medical allowance for pensioners,” he said.

Talking about dress allowance, he said various types of allowances are paid at present for provisioning and maintenance of uniforms/outfits such as Washing Allowance, Uniform Allowance, Kit Maintenance Allowance and Outfit Allowance.

These have been rationalised and subsumed in newly proposed Dress Allowance to be paid annually in four slabs — Rs 5,000, Rs 10,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 for various category of employees, he said.

“This allowance will continue to be paid to nurses on a monthly basis in view of high maintenance and hygiene requirements.

“Government has decided to pay higher rate of Dress Allowance to SPG personnel keeping in view the existing rates of Uniform Allowance paid to them (which is higher than the rates recommended by the 7th CPC) as also their specific requirements,” he said.

The rates for specific clothing for different categories of employees will be governed separately, he said.

Allowance granted to CRPF personnel deployed in Naxal-hit areas will be governed by the Risk and Hardship Matrix, he said, adding the rates will go up from Rs 8,400-16,800 per month to Rs 17,300-25,000 per month.





- SEN TIMES