7th CPC Allowances Committee submitted its Report – Press Note by Finance Ministry

The Committee on Allowances headed by Shri Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) and constituted by the Ministry of Finance to examine the 7the CPC recommendations on Allowances, submitted its Report to Shri Arun Jaitely, Finance Minister on 27-04-2017. 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.

7th CPC Allowances Committee submitted its Report – Press Note by
Finance Ministry 

 
PRESS NOTE
 
The Committee on Allowances, constituted by the Ministry of Finance to
examine the 7th CPC recommendations on Allowances, submitted its Report to
Shri Arun Jaitley,Finance Minister on 27.04.2017. The Committee was headed
by Shri 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. 
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 7th 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.
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