7th Pay Commission: Arrears likely to be provided on allowances, NJCA chief to meet Cabinet Secretary tomorrow

7th Pay Commission: Arrears likely to be provided on allowances, NJCA chief
to meet Cabinet Secretary tomorrow***The National Joint Council of Action
(NJCA) Chief Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra will meet Cabinet Secretary Shri P K
Sinha on Tuesday to discuss the report submitted on allowances. Shri Mishra
said that arrears on allowances would most likely be provided to the
central government employees.

7th Pay Commission: Arrears likely to be provided on allowances, NJCA chief
to meet Cabinet Secretary tomorrow

New Delhi, May 1:
The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), the consolidated body of
employee unions, will hold a meeting with Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha on
Tuesday to discuss the report submitted on allowances. While speaking to India.com, NJCA chief Shiv Gopal Mishra,
who has been leading the negotiations related to 7th Pay Commission, said
arrears on allowances would most likely be provided to the central
government employees. 
“Arrears would mostly be provided to the employees. I will meet Cabinet
Secretary tomorrow in this regard. He is heading the Empowered Committee of
Secretaries which is scrutinising the report submitted by the Lavasa
committee,” Mishra said. 
The report on allowances was submitted last week by Finance Secretary Ashok
Lavasa. The panel, under his chairmanship, was set up in July by Centre to
review the anomalies raised by unions. A total of 15 meetings were held
between the Lavasa committee members and representatives of National
Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) and
representatives of defence personnel were held over the last 10 months. 
The Lavasa committee considered the demands raised by the employee
representatives in relation to at least 79 allowances. 
The recommendations of Lavasa committee is yet to be made public. “No
insights from the report is available so far. We (NJCA) would study the
recommendations of the report tomorrow after meeting the Empowered
Committee of Secretaries,” Mishra added. 
The 7th Pay Commission had suggested the abolition of 52 out of the 196
existing allowances, apart from subsuming 36 smaller allowances. The 7CPC
panel led by Justice (retd) A K Mathur had also ended up reducing the HRA
from existing 10, 20 and 30 per cent to 8, 24 and 16 respectively. 
Due anomalies raised by unions, Centre, in July had deferred the
implemented of higher allowances. Only the basic component of salaries were
hiked in accordance to the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Along with
the salaries, Centre also provided arrears since January 1, 2016, the
scheduled date of 7th Pay Commission’s implementation. 
NJCA has demanded a similar release of arrears on allowances as well. “If
Centre failed to implemented the pay commission on its scheduled dates,
then why should employees bear the loss? The pay commission is implemented
once in a decade, it is our right to avail the entire amount from January
2016,” Mishra said. 
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